Don’t cut education hours for our kids

Hume City Council is calling on the Australian Government to not cut education funds for preschools so that Victorian children don’t lose five hours of preschool a week.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Drew Jessop, said the Australian Government had paid for five out of the current 15 hours of preschool per week.

All children received this amount of preschool time in the year before they start primary school, however, this was set to end in December this year.

“There is concrete evidence that 15 hours of preschool gives our children the best possible chance to succeed throughout their life,” Cr Jessop said.

“In fact, studies have shown that children in OECD* countries achieve better results at high school if they have completed a preschool education.

“Preschool is particularly important in Hume where many families come from disadvantaged backgrounds, and for some children, it’s where they first start learning how to speak English, and socialise with other children from the broader community.”

Without Australian Government funding, Hume City Council will face a shortfall of at least $1.7 million per year.

“In the event that this gap was passed on to families through preschool fees, families could be asked to pay an extra $1000 each year for a place at kinder,” Cr Jessop said.

“There would be many families in Hume who could not afford this extra amount, meaning there will be children missing out on this crucial education stepping stone.”

Cr Jessop said Council needed the help of Hume parents to get the message across to the Australian Government that the funding cuts were unacceptable.

“Parents can let the Australian Government know that they do not accept the cuts by signing our petition that supports 15 hours per week of universal access to preschool,” Cr Jessop said.

“It has made such a difference since 2013, and now is the time to permanently establish universal access for future generations.”

People can call on the major parties to support an Australian Government fund for preschool beyond 2017 by signing the petition here.

  

*OECD - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 

 

Posted on 12:00 PM, 22 February 2017


Updated : 3:58 PM, 22 February 2017

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