Council responds to kindergarten funding threat

25 June 2014

Council will join a statewide campaign to advocate for the retention of current funding levels for kindergarten in Victoria.

Council will write to state and federal members of parliament stressing the importance of long-term funding certainty for reforms that increased kindergarten hours in Victoria to a new national standard of 15 hours per week in the year before school.

Mayor Laurence Evans said that Australia’s early childhood education system must not be left to fall further behind Australia’s OECD counterparts because “children deserve better”.

“Such a significant national education reform must have continued funding beyond the political cycle,” he said.  

“Without continued government investment for the additional five hours of preschool, we risk poorer learning outcomes for Victorian children.”

The recent move to 15 hour kindergarten programs was part of a National Partnership Agreement between Australian states and territories and the Commonwealth.

The Agreement is due to expire in December 2014 and, to date, the Commonwealth has made no further commitment towards its five hours of kindergarten funding past this date.

The Commonwealth has indicated that a decision about its future funding arrangements is not likely to be known before it completes a review in June 2014.

The Municipal Association of Victoria is leading the campaign by Victorian councils to take urgent action on behalf of their residents.

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