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Tuesday, 2 September 2014
Page: 9499


Ms Ellis to move

That this House:

(1) notes the:

(a) importance of quality early childhood education in preparing children for school, and the overwhelming evidence of the positive impact that access to kindergarten and preschool has on life outcomes; and

(b) growing evidence of the enormous social and economic returns that are generated by investment in quality early childhood education;

(2) recognises the progress that has been made in increasing access to kindergarten and preschool since the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education was introduced in 2008, including:

(a) an increase in the proportion of Australian children who attend 15 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before school from just 12 per cent in 2008, to over 56 per cent in 2012; and

(b) evidence that Australian children who access quality early education for 15 hours a week go on to score significantly better in Year Three NAPLAN tests and achieve higher results in Year Four reading, maths and science;

(3) notes the uncertainty surrounding future funding for kindergarten and preschool and understands the impact this has on the sector, teachers, educators and parents balancing work and family; and

(4) calls on the Government to provide certainty of funding for kindergartens and preschools, with the continued goal of ensuring every child receives 15 hours of quality early education a week in the year before school.

Ms Ryan to move

That this House:

(1) notes the:

(a) Government’s 2014-15 budget contains the biggest ever cut to schools, leaving classrooms across the country $30 billion worse off over the next decade;

(b) Government has failed to fund the vital fifth and sixth years of the Gonski reforms and has opened the door to state and territory cuts by promising not to enforce their obligations under the Gonski agreements;

(c) Government has restricted school funding changes to the Consumer Price Index from 2018; and

(d) importance of equity and quality—for every child in every school—in improving student results and building a prosperous future; and

(2) calls on the Government to recognise the Commonwealth’s role in funding schools by:

(a) keeping its commitment to honour the signed Gonski agreements; and

(b) reversing its $30 billion cut to schools.

Ms L. M. Chesters to move

That this House:

(1) notes that:

(a) Family Day Care (FDC) is a flexible, quality early education program in Australia that:

   (i) provides flexible programs that cater to the needs of thousands of working parents;

   (ii) operates under the National Quality Framework; and

   (iii) currently has the capacity to care and educate children in their own homes; and

(b) the Government:

   (i) is cutting $157 million and implementing changes to the Community Support Program (CSP) that will remove the funding of over 80 per cent of FDC services around Australia; and

   (ii) informed the FDC sector that the program changes would only impact new applicants, then introduced a budget proposal to apply the new guidelines to all services; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) genuinely consult with FDC providers about what sensible rule changes are needed, if any; and

(b) re-instate CSP funding for all FDC services currently funded under the program.