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    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Queensland welcomes long-term early childhood funding commitment

    Minister for Education and Minister for Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Grace Grace

    Thursday, October 04, 2018

    Queensland welcomes long-term early childhood funding commitment

    Education Minister Grace Grace has welcomed Federal Labor’s significant commitment to early childhood education, announced today.

    Ms Grace said an investment of an additional $1.75 billion over four years was a much-needed boost for Australia’s early childhood education and care sector.

    “The Palaszczuk Government has identified giving all children a great start in life as one our key priorities and Federal Labor’s announcement today fits perfectly with that commitment,” Ms Grace said.    

    “I commend Federal Labor on this announcement and I look forward to working with them in government to make this a reality.

    “Providing universal access to kindergarten for four-year olds has been one of the great public policy success stories of the past decade and I welcome the commitment from Federal Labor to expand access to three-year olds from 2021."

    Ms Grace said the landmark Lifting the Game Report commissioned by the states and territories and released earlier this year confirmed the very strong national and international evidence in support of universal access to kindergarten in the two years before school.

    “Finally this is the long-term vision and funding certainty the sector has been crying out for and it’s exactly what we need to give our children a great start in life,” she said.

    “This shows Bill Shorten and Amanda Rishworth have a clear plan for the sector, unlike the Federal Coalition, who are more concerned with internal bickering than investing in our future.

    “I have lost count of the number of times I have highlighted the need for the Federal Government to provide long-term funding certainty and stability for this critical sector.

    “The succession of short-term early childhood funding agreements that we have seen under the Coalition Government is no way to run a sector that is so critical to our future.

    “In this year’s federal budget, there was no provision at all for kindergarten funding after 2019.

    “This is not good enough. We need a Federal Government that is prepared to step up and fulfil its responsibilities for the early childhood sector.” 

    Ms Grace also welcomed the commitment from Labor to reinstate funding for regulation of early childhood services that was axed without warning or consultation by the Federal Government in this year’s budget.

    Media contact: Emma Clarey – 0439 578 472