Federal funding guarantee for Kindergarten

With kindergarten places at local schools currently being finalised, the Coalition Government has assured families in Pearce that they will continue to have access to the equivalent of 15 hours of early childhood education next year.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said that under the Coalition Government’s commitment of $840 million toward the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, families will be provided with 600 hours of kindergarten funding in 2016 and 2017.

“We want families to be able to access early childhood education right across Pearce, whether that is through a government or standalone kindergarten, or long day care service,” Mr Porter said.

“Pearce families and kindergarten providers can be certain that they will be funded for the equivalent of 15 hours of early childhood education before full-time schooling starts.”

Mr Porter said the National Partnership Agreement would, for the first time, be indexed to ensure that Australian families do not lose out in real terms.

“This is a real win for Australian families, linking funding to CPI will mean an extra $30 million over the 2016 and 2017 calendar years,” he said.

“This Government has now provided the next two years of funding certainty for Australian families and kindergarten providers.”