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Childcare centres under staff and fee pressure, claims Opposition

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The Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services, Kevin Andrews, says there are serious shortages of qualified childcare staff and there will be incredible pressure on centres to increase fees over the next few years.

“Despite promising to address childcare affordability, Labor has delivered increased costs and serious shortages of qualified staff,” Mr Andrews said. “There is incredible pressure on childcare centres to increase fees over next few years due to Labor’s red tape drowning the sector.”

At the 2007 election Labor promised to end the double drop off and to build 260 child care and early childhood education centres. Kevin Rudd said it was critical to give families access to quality, affordable childcare.

Labor dumped this promise in April 2010, when only 38 centres had been committed to.

“Labor’s approach has been to increase the costs for childcare service providers, increase bureaucracy, and to reduce support to parents. Labor has no plan, only broken promises.

“The Coalition offers real change and will deliver a genuinely united government and a better future – for all Australians,” Mr Andrews said.

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