Sector welcomes stand alone childcare reform legislation and urges key changes.
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Early learning peak bodies representing providers, families and educators have welcomed the Government’s decision to have childcare reform debated on its own merits.
The Australian Childcare Alliance, Early Childhood Australia, the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia have welcomed the approach and are continuing to urge the Senate to make key changes to improve the Government’s proposed reforms.
Amendments required to assist the children who most need support:
Increasing a child’s minimum level of access to early learning from 12 to 15 hours per week where one parent does not meet the activity test
Increasing the income threshold from $65,710 to $100,000 before the activity test is applicable
Ensuring that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children receive at least 22.5 hours per week of early learning and that their families are supported appropriately in accessing ECEC, be it through Budget Based funded services or increased accessibility to an ECEC service
Providing a six week transition period when parents’ circumstances change, to ensure continuity of access for children and allow parents to address the change in circumstances before having to withdraw their children from ECEC
The organisations have urged the Senate to seize the opportunity to work constructively to make childcare reform a reality.
Paul Mondo – ACA – 0411 587 170
Samantha Page – ECA – call Carolin Wenzel, Media & Campaign Manager, 0475 554 999