On International Kindergarten Day, the Parenthood launched a campaign to ask the federal government to continue funding the Universal Access to Early Childhood Education program for kindy and preschool.
The national funding agreement that guarantees children access to 15 hours a week of quality early childhood education in the year before full-time schooling is set to expire at the end of 2014.
The Parenthood Executive Director Fiona Sugden said parents were concerned the government was yet to renew funding for the program.
“This program was implemented to ensure all Australian children, particularly those from disadvantaged or vulnerable backgrounds, have access to the quality early education needed to prepare them for formal schooling.
“The parents of Australia would like to have some certainty around whether this important funding will be continuing in 2015,” Sugden said.
Federal, State and Territory Education Ministers met in Canberra two weeks ago but were silent on the future of the program.
“This silence and failure to commit the funding for the education of more than a quarter of a million preschoolers next year seems to be in jeopardy,” Sugden said.
“The early years of our children’s lives are the most formative for their intellectual, emotional and social development. Taking away kindy and preschool funding would not give our children the education they need to prepare them for formal schooling,” she said.
With a review of the program due before the end of June, The Parenthood are urging the federal government give our children the best start in life by providing them with quality early learning from an early age.
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