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Families of children with disability welcome universal childcare.



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MEDIA RELEASE

Senator Sue Boyce Liberal - Queensland

Electorate Office: Level 9, 301 Coronation Drive, Milton, Qld

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MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 17 APRIL 2008

FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITY WELCOME UNIVERSAL CHILDCARE

Families of children with disability across Queensland welcome Prime Minister Rudd’s announcement of universal early childhood centres by the year 2020.

Senator Sue Boyce, Liberal Senator for Queensland, said, “I know that there will be a lot of Queensland families in the future who will be relieved that their children with disability will be able to access childcare and other early childhood services provided by the government.”

“Prime Minister Rudd said these centres will provide universal childhood services. If the Prime Minister means what he says, parents of children with disability will be delighted to know that finally their child’s needs will be met, and will be met in a mainstream setting.

“Currently, parents of children with disability in Queensland have difficulty in accessing childcare places. If the Prime Minister delivers on his commitment, these parents will have the opportunity like other parents to work or have a break

from childcare,” Senator Boyce said.

“If the Rudd Labor government is serious about social inclusion, then children with a disability and learning difficulties in the future will be able to access health care and early learning teachers in childcare facilities, which will provide them with the very necessary intervention that is important in their early growth.

“Universal will mean just that - available to every child,” Senator Boyce said.

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