Note: Where available, the PDF/Word icon below is provided to view the complete and fully formatted document
Wakefield kids to benefit from $1.1 billion boost for preschool and kindergarten



Download PDFDownload PDF

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Wakefield kids to benefit from $1.1 billion boost for preschool and kindergarten

Local children in Wakefield will benefit from the Gillard Government’s investment of almost $1.1 billion in new funding for preschool and kindergarten services, Nick Champion said today.

This new money will help make sure every child in the Wakefield area can access 15 hours a week of early childhood education in the year before they start school.

“This is great news for local families. Pre-school/kindergarten services in Wakefield will be more accessible and affordable than ever thanks to Labor’s record investments in early childhood education and care,” Nick Champion said.

“The Commonwealth will offer the South Australian government around $75 million over the next three years to ensure that every four-year old can continue to have access to crucial early education.

“This money will help pay for new centres, more teacher, staff training and subsidised pre-school/kindergarten places in Wakefield and across the state.”

Nick Champion said the Gillard Government has already invested $65 million in early childhood education in South Australia, under the current five-year Early Childhood Education National Partnership.

Under this funding: All state government run preschools are now providing access to 15 hours of preschool per week 108 teachers have taken up scholarships to increase their teaching

qualifications from 3 to 4 years.

“All governments have committed to providing access to 15 hours a week of early childhood education, for 40 weeks a year, delivered by a trained teacher,” Nick Champion said.

“We are well on track to meet that goal, with the latest ABS figures showing 81 per cent of children were enrolled in pre-school in 2011, compared to 76.4 per cent in 2008. In 2011, 87.9% of children were enrolled last year, attending for an average of 12.4 hours a week.

“Thanks to this funding an estimated 250,000 children will now be receiving 15 hours of high-quality early childhood education a week, about 50,000 of whom would have missed out on early learning completely if not for Labor’s investment.

Media Release Nick Champion MP Federal Member for Wakefield

“We want to make sure that this access to high quality early childhood education can continue when the current funding agreement ends in June 2013. That’s why Early Childhood Minister Peter Garrett will now begin negotiations with the South Australian Government on a new National Partnership to come into effect in July next year.”

Nick Champion said this new funding builds on the record $22 billion committed over four years by the Gillard Government on early childhood education and care, including the Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate.

“Only Labor is committed to giving every Australian child the best start in life, and helping Australian families with the cost of childcare,” Nick Champion said.

Media Contact: Mathew Werfel 8284 2422 - 0417 805 384