Connecting communities through play not cuts

The Member for Griffith, Terri Butler MP, today called on the Abbott Government to celebrate National Playgroup Week, by restoring funding to vital families and children services such as playgroups. 

“The Week’s theme is Connecting Communities through Play, highlighting the contribution playgroups make to Australian communities and the importance of play for children in the vital early years,” Terri Butler said.

“Unfortunately this Government does not recognise the importance of playgroups in our community, with a number of groups informed only two days before Christmas that they would have their funding cut. 

“As part of the bungled community services grants process, which included funding cuts of more than $270 million, critical children and family services have been cut.

“Bridging funding announced by the Government is nothing more than a short reprieve for organisations that have been told their funding will end.

“These cuts represent an attack on vital supports for parents and children including supported and community playgroups. 

“If Scott Morrison is serious about standing up for families and children he should reverse these cuts immediately.

“Playgroups are a great place for kids to start their development, helping them learn through fun activities like storytelling, singing, dancing, art and craft, and getting them ready to start school. 

“Playgroups also give parents and carers a chance to build social networks, and share experiences and give each other advice and support. 

“I encourage all families with young children to get along to an event to celebrate National Playgroups Week.” 

ENDS

 

WEDNESDAY, 25 MARCH 2015

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