Media reports today show that the childcare crisis will not be resolved by the Productivity Commission’s recommendations alone.
The Government and the community have been saying that overwhelmingly quality is their priority. But the terms of reference limiting the funding envelope have set up the Productivity Commission for failure.
David O’Byrne, National Secretary of early childhood union United Voice, said funding is essential “The only way to fix the childcare crisis is to invest the entirety of the $5.5 billion Paid Parental Leave Scheme into quality long day care."
“We stand ready to work with Scott Morrison to continue building an affordable, quality based, childcare system.
“In December 2014 the Government made a clear promise to families and educators. When they cancelled the Paid Parental Leave Scheme they said funds would be redirected into childcare.
“The only way we can ensure families can access affordable, quality services is if the Government keeps its promise to redirect paid parental leave funds to the quality system of childcare services the majority of parents rely upon.
“As the Union representing 153,000 early years educators we expect that the Government will consult in detail with our members on these proposed changes.
“Parents should be no worse off by these changes. We need to continue building a quality early years education system. This is much more than just minding children.”
United Voice has led the debate on early years education and care through the “Quality Matters” campaign – focusing on the importance of quality care and education and standards that give parents peace of mind.
National Secretary David O’Byrne is Available for Interview
Contact: Nada Vlatko – 0425 242 691