Posted on 19. May, 2011 in News

The Baillieu Government will scrap an important childcare program as part of its massive budget cuts across the education sector, Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said.

Appearing before a Parliamentary Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing yesterday, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell confirmed the Take a Break Occasional Child Care program would be scrapped by the end of the year.

“It’s disappointing that the Baillieu Government has turned its back on this program that provides significant benefits to families,” Ms Mikakos said.

“The Take a Break Occasional Child Care program is provided at more than 220 neighbourhood houses and community centres across Victoria.

“It allows parents and guardians to participate in activities including study, recreational classes, and voluntary community activities while their children socialise and interact with other children in an early learning environment.

“Last year the former Labor Government took over full funding for the program and provided $1.9 million, which allowed it to continue for another year.

“Unfortunately, Ms Lovell confirmed at the hearing that her Government had made the choice to stop funding the program after 31 December 2011.

“This will mean that families across Victoria will be unable to access affordable, community-based occasional childcare to undertake tasks that benefit the family.”

Ms Mikakos said the program was just another victim of the Baillieu Government’s $480 million savage cut to the Education Department’s budget.

“The Baillieu Government claims it’s supporting families but at the same time is making it harder to access occasional childcare,” she said.

“It’s time Ms Lovell stands up for Victorian families and tells Mr Baillieu that the cuts are not acceptable.”


Comments are closed.