Posted on 05. Aug, 2011 in News

Mr Baillieu should now reinstate funding for the occasional child care program Take-a-Break, following the embarrassing backdown yesterday on library funding, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said today.

“Having responded to the backlash over library funding, Mr Baillieu should now reinstate funding for Take-a-Break,” Ms Mikakos said.

“Like the campaign against Mr Baillieu’s proposed cuts to library funding, the campaign to save Take-a-Break has been run by the community, including parents and childcare workers across the state and is gathering momentum.

“The pressure is mounting on Mr Baillieu and his Children’s Minister Wendy Lovell to support the 9000 families who rely on the Take-a-Break program.

“Mr Baillieu must face up to the reality that his cut to Take-a-Break could leave hundreds of children without childcare, and could threaten hundreds of childcare workers’ jobs.”

Ms Mikakos said the previous Labor Government recognised the importance of Take-a-Break, providing the full funding for the program during the past 12 months.

“In fact State Governments in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia fund their respective programs,” she said.

“The time has come for Mr Baillieu to meet with parents and hear from them why he needs to reinstate funding for Take-a-Break.

“If Ms Powell can be made to see reason on funding libraries, I am confident the community can convince Mr Baillieu to stand up for families and provide the $1.9 million to ensure that occasional childcare is made available across Victoria.”

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