NSW Labor pledge
The IEU has welcomed the news that if elected a NSW Labor Government would commit to at least 15 hours of affordable preschool education per week for children in the year before school.
Currently, the NSW Government provides the lowest support for early childhood education of any state, leading to the highest fees for childcare in Australia.
“We welcome this acknowledgment of the importance of early years education by the Labor Opposition. We call on the NSW Liberals to match the Opposition’s pledge,” IEU Industrial Officer Verena Heron said.
“NSW has been lagging behind the rest of Australia and indeed many OECD countries for years in its provision of early years learning. Many disadvantaged families in NSW are missing out on these crucial years of education,” Verena said.
“Fees to parents in NSW are double those in Queensland and Victoria.
“The Baird Government has a history of under spending on its early childhood budget. It’s time to put that right.”