It is far too simplistic to look at it as tax in-tax out.
It also sucks that this is so much a women's issue instead of a "parent's issue" - imagine if as mum's we could just skip off to work and leave the men to sort out all this childcare crap!! 😉
Something needs to be done about availability in some areas. I don't know if this is the way to go. I think it has some merits.
But if they want to save money or increase revenue, then they should start here
I saw today TA is guaranteeing the universal access to Preschool program........
EVERY four-year-old will be guaranteed continuing access to preschool in the May Budget under a new $840 million funding deal.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott will announce today the universal access scheme offering up to 15 hours of preschool will not be axed as feared. The funding was set to end after 2015.
For the first time, federal funding for preschools will also be indexed to inflation, delivering an extra $30 million in 2016 and 2017.
While preschool and kinder classes in the year before school starts are not compulsory for children they are regarded as critical stepping stone. Studies suggest children who attend preschool and kinder programs outperform those who do not in later years.
Parents and childcare operators had feared the universal access funding that was due to run out at the end of the year would not be renewed, sparking a public backlash.
But the Budget razor gang has now agreed to guarantee the funding until 2017.
“Today’s announcement provides parents and preschools with certainty,” Mr Abbott said. The new agreement will guarantee funding for 600 hours a year, but the deal will only run for two years. Since 2013, the universal access scheme has pledged to deliver access to up to 15 hours per week of preschool, for 40 weeks of the year before they attend school. Childcare operators have warned that ultimately an ongoing funding agreement must be reache
That's a relief.
Last edited by delirium; 03-05-2015 at 15:37.
Do you think they will extend the funding beyond 2017 as well?
So the budget will be released soon but when will the actual changes come into place? Will it be right away or in a 6 months or a year?
Sorry but niave at how these things work.
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