On 7 October Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews committed to investing in 2 years of funded preschool, should they be elected.
A Labor state government will invest $5 billion dollars to roll out 15 hours per week of 3 year-old preschool from 2020.
A federal Labor government will invest in $1.75 billion to assist will rolling out 3 year-old preschool.
Congratulations to AEU members for your continued campaigning efforts! It has well and truly paid off.
Every child deserves two years of preschool – one year as a 3 year-old, and another as a 4 year-old. The educational benefits are beyond question.
The solution is simple: the federal government must make its funding contribution permanent.
4 year-old preschool
Since its introduction in 2013, preschool funding for 4 year-olds has constantly been under threat, with federal governments only providing enough funding for 12-18 months. The current federal funding runs out in 2019. That’s why we are campaigning to ensure the federal government makes the funding permanent, once and for all.
3 year-old preschool
Every 3 year-old child deserves a year of preschool. Currently more than 50% of Victorian children are missing out of 3 year-old preschool because fees are too high for many parents. That means more than 50% of Victorian children are being denied the opportunity to reach their full potential.