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Turnbull government cuts $500 million in early childhood funding

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The early years are fundamental to learning but the Turnbull government doesn't seem to share that opinion as it plans to cut nearly $500 million in funding to the early childhood education sector (ECE).

Federal government spending on the Universal Access to Early Childhood Education agreement will end in 2020. Reports also showed the government plans to cut the National Quality Framework program for early childhood education.

AEU Federal President Correna Haythorpe said the Turnbull government cuts to ECE were short-changing children at a critical stage of their development. She said it was vital that the government instead boost funding to the early childhood education sector.

“Malcolm Turnbull’s plan will be devastating to the children and their families who rely on Universal Access of 15 hours funding for preschool,” Haythorpe said.

“Preschool education is critically important to ensure that all children have the foundational skills that they need to be successful learners. We need to boost funding to early childhood education, not cut it.

“It is critically important for young children to have the opportunity to attend pre-school. Early-childhood education supports children’s development and improves school readiness, as found by the Productivity Commission in 2015,” Haythorpe said.

“ECE also prepares children to succeed as adults. Research clearly links pre-school participation with better school performance, and with improved job prospects and higher wages on entering the workforce.”

Ms Haythorpe said the uncertainty over ECE funding was demoralising for families and for preschool educators.

“This uncertainty affects planning for budgets, staffing and most importantly how early education is delivered to children during what is an optimal time for them to learn.”


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