Early childhood forum in Glen Iris
Written on the 30 April 2015
Early childhood educators, parents, nannies and industry leaders came together at a recent community forum with the Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP and Member for Higgins Kelly O'Dwyer.
Members of the community were able to hear directly from the Minister and provide feedback.
Federal Budget 2015
The 2015 Budget included an $840 million commitment over two years for preschool funding.
The Federal Government's announcement to extend funding to the states and territories under the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education means Australian families can continue to have access to a preschool programme for 600 hours of preschool education in the year before full-time school, until December 2017.
For the first time ever, the new funding will be indexed based on CPI, which translates into an additional $31 million over 2016 and 2017.
This decision also addresses the Productivity Commission's recommendation that the Government continues to provide preschool programme funding to state and territory governments, as well as to consider ongoing arrangements in the Federation White Paper.
Since 2008, both preschool enrolments and attendance in programmes for more than 15 hours a week has increased greatly, but there is still some way to go particularly in relation to attendance by Indigenous and vulnerable and disadvantaged children. This funding will be used to increase enrolment and attendance,