Pushing for a Yes vote on the Federal Government’s Jobs for Families Package
Goodstart Centre Directors from around the country are visiting some key Senators to push for a Yes vote on the Federal Government’s Jobs for Families Package.
Centre Directors Melinda Mastorakos and Michele Watson from Goodstart Warragul Burke and Sutton Streets visited Senator Ricky Muir’s office in Sale along with Goodstart Advocacy Manager, John Cherry.
Melinda and Michele took the opportunity to discuss the importance of early learning for all children, especially those from disadvantaged families. They explained the importance of children’s access to two full days of early learning each week to ensure children are ready for school and ready to learn.
They shared stories of families that may need to stop or reduce care altogether if the strict activity test is implemented under the proposed Jobs for Families Package. They also told of real life success stories of children that have benefited from two days access to early learning and care – giving real heart to the value and access of early education and care to children.
Currently children from low income families where one parent is not working or studying can access up to 24 hours of early learning a week. Under the proposed changes this will be cut in half to just 12 hours of early learning a week – this is just not enough.