BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT FAILS FIRST TEST ON KINDERGARTENS

BAILLIEU GOVERNMENT FAILS FIRST TEST ON KINDERGARTENS

Posted on 23. Dec, 2010 in News

Victorian families deserve to know whether the Baillieu Government has allocated enough money to provide the kindergarten services that the state will need, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults, Jenny Mikakos said today.

“It is a worrying sign that during parliament Ms Lovell was unable to answer a simple, straightforward question about how the Baillieu Government will ensure there are enough kindergarten services in place to meet an increase in demand.

“Ms Lovell is responsible for ensuring our children get the best start in life, yet she seems to be completely unsure of how she will do this.

“There are 200 babies born in Victoria every day and the Baillieu Government needs to make sure they can respond to the demand for kinder places.

“This demand will grow under a COAG agreement to increase kinder hours for all four year olds from 10 to 15 hours.

“The Baillieu Government needs to build on Labor’s investment in kinders to provide for both the record number of births everyday across the state.

“Mr Baillieu pledged just $15 million additional capital funding for kindergartens, which will barely upgrade 50 of the 1755 kinders across the state.

“Now, the glaring omission of kindergartens from the Government’s set of priorities and the Minister being caught on day one not doing her homework clearly shows that children are not a priority of this government.

“Ms Lovell needs to say which kindergartens will miss out on upgrades and which communities will be left without adequate facilities.”

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