Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Early Learning Matters Week
That the Senate—
(a) notes that the first week of September was Early Learning Matters Week, which highlights how early childhood education supports the well-being of our children, families and society; and
(b) supports a well-resourced and accessibly early childhood education system with professional pay for staff.
The Morrison government wants every Australian to have access to a quality education. We've provided a record $8.6 billion for child care in this year's budget, rising to $9.5 billion. Our government's childcare policy is supporting families to access child care while they work, learn, volunteer or study. Because of our reforms, out-of-pocket costs for families are down 7.9 per cent. Since 2014 the government has provided $2.8 billion, available to states and territories to support universal access to 15 hours per week of preschool for children in the year before school, including $449½ million to extend arrangements to the end of 2020.
Question agreed to.