Breaking news: today, The Australian reports that in a bid to get its budget through the Senate, the Government is considering quietly scaling back Prime Minister Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme and redirecting some of the funds to early education and care.
Parent Rea Koa, supporter of the campaign to fund early education, with her daughter
Commenting on the report David O’Byrne, Acting National Secretary of United Voice, said: "Australia’s early childhood education and care system is chronically underfunded and struggling.
"However, it finds the money, the Government must accept responsibility for providing additional funding to improve childcare affordability for parents without compromising on quality, so parents can return to work with confidence their children’s needs are being met.
"The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to recommend changes to fix the system but the Commission is hamstrung by the Government’s refusal, so far, to provide any extra funding. This can't work.
"Extra funding is essential if children and parents are to have a quality and affordable early childhood education and care system on which they can rely when parental leave ends. This is the key to parents – overwhelmingly mothers – rejoining the workforce."
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