Abbott Government commits $406m for preschool certainty


The Abbott Government will commit $406 million to ensure O’Connor families can continue to access up to 15 hours of preschool per week in 2015.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson confirmed the Commonwealth is offering Western Australia an extension of the current national partnership arrangement for preschool funding for a further 12 months after they expire in December 2014.

“This announcement is first and foremost about giving our local parents and preschools certainty for next year.

“Recently I have had a few concerned constituents worried about the access to preschool next year. This is a great win for families in O’Connor.”

The Abbott Government is committed to supporting high-quality early childhood education and care for Australian families. This $406 million for preschools is one more example of this.

“The $406 million extension of the national partnership arrangements gives us time to carefully consider future policies without unnecessarily impeding parents and preschools looking for certainty next year.

“Extending the national partnership for 12 months is a common-sense approach, given the current Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Learning is not due to hand its report to the Government until late October this year,” Mr Wilson said.

The Government will also take into account findings from an independent review into the current national partnership on preschools, the Federation White Paper and the review of the National Quality Framework governing child care and early childhood learning quality standards and regulations.


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