Last week, member and centre director Kristy Wilkie (pictured centre) emphasised the need to maintain professional standards in early education during a meeting with Labor’s shadow minister, Kate Ellis.
L - R: Rob Mitchell MP, Centre Director and Educator Kristy Wilkie, MP and Shadow Minister Kate Ellis.
Ms Ellis, Labor’s spokesperson for early education, visited Kristy’s Forever Friends centre in Sunbury, VIC, where Kristy spoke from personal experience about the need for quality.
"I really had the sense that Kate understands how silly it would be to wind back standards, especially when she was so important in introducing those standards,” said Kristy, whose three year old daughter attends the centre.
And with the Productivity Commission’s draft report backing universal kindergarten access this week, Ms Ellis told Kristy that pushing for continued federal funding was a top priority. Without federal money, kindergarten hours for 4 year olds will be slashed from 15 to just 10.
Great work, Kristy!