Labor has recently launched its national campaign calling on the Turnbull Government to properly fund our preschools in the upcoming Budget and end the uncertainty for families in the Hunter electorate.
The Turnbull Government’s lack of support for preschools means families and staff in the Hunter can’t plan for the future.
With funding due to expire at the end of next year, 2370 children in the Hunter electorate are left in limbo.
There are around 350,000 children across Australia who access preschool each year who rely on this funding.
Instead, year after year the Turnbull Government only begrudgingly roll over one year of stop-gap funding to preschools, creating massive uncertainty not only for families but right across the sector.
“That is why Labor has launched our Fund Our Preschools campaign, including a petition, calling on the Turnbull Government to commit long-term funding for universal access to preschool,” Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon said.
Since the first agreement was signed by Labor in 2008, preschool enrolment has increased from 77 per cent to almost 93 per cent.
“There is no doubt that access to four year old preschool gives our children the best head start to school and for life,” Mr Fitzgibbon added.
“The government know this and yet won’t commit to long-term funding despite being in office since 2013.
“Their priorities are all wrong. They would rather give a $65 billion handout to big business and the banks.
“This is not good enough for the future of our children.
“The Turnbull Government needs to stop making excuses, commit long-term funding in the budget next month, and provide funding certainty for our preschools in the Hunter.”
People can show their support by signing the petition at alp.org.au/FundPreschoolsNow.