Childhood Education & Care
Australian families should have access to high-quality, accessible and affordable early childhood education, as well as affordable child care when needed. The childcare sector is facing an affordability crisis, which in turn will severely impact on the number of women who can readily participate in the workforce.
Examples of what needs to be done:
- Enhance the policy focus on Early Childhood Education, given its critical impact on the stage of life where social and emotional development is most influenced
- Increase the existing child care rebate from $7,500 to $10,000 p.a. per child, indexed annually to CPI
- Federal funding for child care should favour centres run by local communities