The federal government provides funding for universal access to kindy. This funding helps ensure that children have access to at least 15 hours of kindy per week for 40 weeks a year.
Labor introduced this funding when we were in government. We committed $955 million over five years.
Unfortunately, since the Coalition came to power, they have only extended the funding for one or two years at a time.
Surprisingly, federal funding for kindy is due to run out at the end of 2017.
In 2008, before Labor introduced universal access funding for preschool and kindergarten, only 12% of Australian children received 15 hours or more of quality education in the year before school. In 2012 that figure had risen to over 56 per cent.
Labor introduced the Universal Access program so children across Australia could access 15 hours of quality preschool education in the year before school. Consequently, preschool enrolments have climbed to 90.9% nationally since the program’s inception.
Children who do at least fifteen hours of kindy before they start school, do better at school.
The lead up to the federal budget is a great time to call on Mr Turnbull and his government to commit to continuing to fund kindy access for Australian kids. If you’re interested, you might like to:
- Write to your Liberal National Party Senators for Queensland
- Sign my petition online at www.grahamperrett.net.au/save_kindy_funding
It would be great if you would ask your friends to do so, as well!