Yesterday, Wyndham City officially launched its I Love Kinder advocacy campaign for 2021, a push to get the Federal Government to commit to ongoing kindergarten funding.
The national campaign is now in its fifth year, and Wyndham City is ramping up its efforts in a bid to give families and kindergarten providers funding certainty.
Since 2013, Australia’s Federal, State and Territory governments have jointly funded kindergarten for all Australian four-year-olds, with the Federal Government contributing around one-third of total funding.
Wyndham City Learning City portfolio holder Cr Jasmine Hill said despite the proven benefits of kindergarten, the Federal Government had repeatedly extended its share of funding on a year-by-year basis, leaving families and kindergarten providers in limbo.
Cr Hill said while Council welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement in May 2020 to extend kindergarten funding until December 2021, it needed to commit to recurrent funding.
“If the Federal Government cuts current kindergarten funding, families would on average need to find an extra $2000 per child per year to cover that cost,” Cr Hill said.
“For many children this will mean they will simply miss out on valuable early childhood education.”
“Ad-hoc annual funding is not good enough. Parents and kindergarten services need long-term secure funding so that they can plan for the future.”
“Research shows that children who experience a quality early childhood education enjoy sustained benefits that continue throughout school and beyond.”
“We urge the Federal Government to provide secure kindergarten funding on an ongoing basis and give our children the best start in life.”
“I encourage all Wyndham residents to show their support for the I Love Kinder campaign by signing the online petition at www.ilovekinder.org.au or like and share the @ILoveKinderCampaign Facebook page.”