The Turnbull Government is putting children at risk by axing funding used to check that preschools, childcare centres and before and after school care centres are meeting their safety and wellbeing requirements.
Contained within the Federal Budget was a $7 million cut to the NSW Education Department’s regulatory efforts. Industry sources are now concerned that this cost will now be shifted onto childcare operators, further increasing fees for working parents.
State Government departments were only notified of this cut on Tuesday morning, hours before the Federal budget was released.
While the Prime Minister can find $17 Billion for handouts to the banks, he can’t find $7 million to keep our childcare centres safe.
Families could face higher childcare costs in order to meet the shortfall in funding this important safety checks.
We have seen several dodgy operators entering the childcare sector. There’s a constant need to ensure operators are putting our children's safety and wellbeing first.
NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education