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Childcare co-op urges candidates to sign election pledge

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The Community Child Care Co-operative (NSW) is asking members to encourage their local candidates to sign an election pledge supporting childcare.

The NQF 2013 Election Pledge is aimed at ensuring that all the major reforms of the National Quality Framework (NQF) will be supported by the incoming federal government. Politicians who have already signed the pledge include the Minister for Early Childhood, Childcare and Youth Kate Ellis and South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

The co-operative is suggesting members who want to support childcare in their community follow four steps.

First, they should determine who is standing for federal election in their electorate by checking posters and local newspapers.

Secondly, print a copy of the NQF 2013 Election Pledge from the co-operative’s website and ask all candidates – including their sitting member – to sign it. The pledge can also be emailed to candidates.

Thirdly, people should email a copy of the signed pledge to [email protected] so they can let everyone know who has and who hasn’t signed.

Another option suggested by the co-operative is to take a photo of their local candidates signing the pledge and post it on their Facebook account.

Below is a copy of the 2013 election pledge for candidates.

I, _________

acknowledge the important role that access to quality early childhood education and care plays in giving children the best possible start.

I pledge to be a champion for the children in my community and argue in parliament for the upholding of the standards for early childhood education services that are contained within the National Quality Framework.

I acknowledge that any delay in implementing the National Quality Framework requirements around qualifications or staff child ratios, or any weakening of those requirements would lead to lower standards in services and ultimately poorer outcomes for children.

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