You generally can. It takes a good 5 or 6 months longer for these kids to be school ready, which means in the time they are becoming school ready there is very little academic learning going on.
Early childhood educators aren't just babysitters who care for kids so parents can do what they want. They are *educators*, and their role, particularly in social learning, is crucial. All Australian children should have the right to access this stage of schooling, otherwise it is inequitable.
I think it's a good idea.
Almost every SAHM I know has their kids in CC two days a week so they can 'do errands, have a break, do groceries and socialise their kids'.
I'm sorry but I don't think this is good government spending.
You can socialise your kids at playgroup, the park, the library. You can do your cleaning, errands and groceries while your kids are with you, like working parents do.
Government spending has to be well targeted, paying so a SAH parent can do their groceries in peace is not money well spent.
There needs to be universal access to Preschool (year before school starts), and isn't this partly present by the universal 15hours of preschool federal funding? There's no real need for SAH parents to use long day care for preschool.
There needs to be provisions for at risk children, but on the whole, for healthy families, who have resources to access socialisation via other ways, if you want to use CC, you need to pay.
We'd all like two days to ourselves a week, but expecting the government to pay for it is ridiculous.
I work in Early Childhood and there are really two different systems, long day care for 0-5's is federally funded and attracts ccb/ccr, and preschool or kindy (depending on your state) which is geared towards 4-5 year olds and disadvantaged 3 year olds. Whilst preschools are state funded the federal govt does provide the states some funds under a universal access agreement, a bit like school funding. This means families can access preschool for an average of around $30 a day in NSW or less if they are low income. This money is also currently at risk!!!
There are numerous studies which have shown great benefit to providing quality early childhood care to children in disadvantaged families (ie welfare dependant) so the govt needs to be very careful they do not stuff this up!
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