Take-a-Break occasional childcare program funding cut!!!

Posted on 08. Jun, 2011 in Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor – Take-a-Break

From Jenny Mikakos  Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Children and Young Adults

Victorian families may have heard about the Baillieu Government ending funding for the Take-a-Break occasional childcare program.Take-a-Break is a vital service for local families operating out of neighbourhood houses and community centres.  

It gives parents the opportunity to have a few spare hours when they need it, so they can undertake part-time work, go to appointments, undertake study and have some time to “take a break”.

Last year the Brumby Government stepped in to provide full funding for the continuation of Take-a-Break at over 220 centres across Victoria.

We supported this program because we understood how important it was to parents.

The Baillieu Government’s claim that it should be solely funded by the Federal Government is just nonsense and an excuse on why it’s chosen to slash funding for Take-a-Break.

This cut is not fair and will hurt local families.

I would urge anyone who is concerned about this issue to write to the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Wendy Lovell at wendy.lovell@parliament.vic.gov.au and the Premier, Ted Baillieu at ted.baillieu@parliament.vic.gov.au

Yours sincerely,

Jenny Mikakos
Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Children and Young Adults

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