The Education Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that Federal funding for the National Quality Agenda will end in December 2018.
It’s hard to tell which part of Simon Birmingham’s announcement that Federal Government funding for Australia-wide preschool causes the biggest eye-roll.
The two clear frontrunners are: 1) That the Education Minister is seriously using the word “commitment” to describe the fifth short-term shot of funding his Government has announced since they took office; and 2) That the Education Minister seriously expects us to believe the Government values the research and evidence on the importance of early education.
The Government has announced another short-term funding extension for 15 hours of preschool for Australian children, making this the fifth 12-month agreement since the Coalition Government came into power in 2013.
Since the Government started developing the policy that was initially known as the Jobs for Families Package, and is now marketed as the New Child Care Package, there have been those who have bravely tried to believe that at the end of the day it would be good for children.
A Department of Education analysis of the impacts of the Federal Government’s “New Child Care Package” has revealed 279,000 families and their children across Australia will worse off, according to Shadow Education Minister Amanda Rishworth
As we heave ourselves over the line into 2018, the year that will see the introduction of this new legislation, I wanted to highlight an issue I am worried is not getting anywhere near enough attention.
A Framework analysis of Education Minister Simon Birmingham’s media releases and statements has revealed an overwhelming focus on affordability of services and examples of fraud instead of high-quality education.
The Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham has launched the “Child Care Enforcement Action Register“, a new resource on the Department of Education website that publicly identifies services that have been the subject of a sanction under the tax laws that oversee NQF services.