Kindy funding is once again under threat. Under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, federal funding for kindy was due to run out at the end of this year. Now, they've extended the funding, but only to the end of 2019.
And they've said they're going to end the national partnership agreement for kindy in 2020.
It's not good enough. Families and kids deserve better.
The federal government provides funding for universal access to kindy. The funding helps make sure that children have access to at least 15 hours of kindy per week for 40 weeks in the year.
Labor introduced this funding when we were in government. We committed $955 million over five years.
Since the Liberals came to power, they have extended the funding only for one or two years at a time.
The result is that kindy funding is once again under threat. Under Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberals, federal funding for kindy is due to run out at the end of this year.
In 2008, before Labor introduced universal access funding for preschool and kindergarten, just 12 per cent 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 can access 15 hours of quality preschool education in the year before school, with preschool enrolments climbing to 90.9 per cent nationally since the program’s inception.
Kids who get to do at least fifteen hours of kindy, before they start school, do better at school.
Sign the petition to call on the government to keep funding universal access to fifteen hours of kindy.