Early Childhood Australia (ECA) has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of additional support for outside school hours care which they say helps working families.
ECA chief executive Samantha Page said that the recent announcement will help parents who are having difficulties in arranging care for their child as well as those who are having challenges with their work schedules.
Page said that some parents work outside normal business hours while others have changing work shift schedules, which is why it is essential for families to have flexible options and to make sure that the children’s requirements are being properly met.
“Giving children a higher quality social, emotional and educational experience will set them up for life,” she said.
Page also said that the advantages of good education and care for children cannot be overstated and the effects are immediate and lasting.
Nevertheless, the ECA is urging the government to invest more in early childhood services, particularly for long day care where parents who are returning to work are the most affected.
“The real need of affordability for families is in the early years and we urge all political parties to commit to further investment in early childhood services,” she said.
She also emphasised the importance of increased investment in staff and facilities together with quality standards to help resolve affordability and accessibility concerns for childcare.
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