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Lifting quality of childcare essential for our children



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MEDIA RELEASE AUSTRALIAN GREENS

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Lifting quality of childcare essential for our children

Investment in the childcare sector is needed to ensure as many Australian children as possible get the best start in life, the Australian Greens said today.

“The government needs to do more to ensure that we have quality childcare across Australia, rather than listen to Tony Abbott who thinks that high quality care for our children is just a burden on the sector,” the Greens childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Quality childcare comes from having well trained staff in our centres who want to remain in the industry instead of taking jobs elsewhere.

“A recent survey conducted by the Greens shows the waiting lists for childcare places are growing while the number of available spaces is continuing to decline.

“We need direct funding to childcare centres, to help ease the burden on families, not a reduction in the quality of care for our children as Mr Abbott suggests.

“The government needs to assist the childcare sector to meet the goals of the National Quality Framework, not pull the rug out from underneath the reforms.

“Improving our childcare standards is essential because looking after our children properly gives them the best start in life.

“How can we afford not to invest in the future of our children?

“We recently announced a scheme that forgives HELP debts for early childhood teachers who choose to work in childcare centres around the country.

“These are the types of initiatives the childcare sector needs if we are to reach the level of the National Quality Framework and I call on the government to work with the Greens to ensure that those high standards are met.”

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