Nov 10, 2007

Addressing the Inner West Child Care crisis

Addressing the Inner West Child Care crisis

MEDIA RELEASE – ANTHONY ALBANESE MP

FEDERAL LABOR MEMBER FOR GRAYNDLER

10 November 2007

Anthony Albanese today attended the opening of the Early Achievers Child Care Centre, 213 Elswick Street, Leichhardt, and highlighted Federal Labor’s plans to help families in the inner west by tackling the child care crisis.

Parents in the inner west are struggling to meet spiralling child care costs.

The Howard Government says there is no child care crisis, but working families in Grayndler are acutely aware of the difficulties in finding affordable, accessible child care.

Providing Australian children with affordable, high quality child care will be a key priority of a Rudd Labor Government.

Labor has a comprehensive plan to address the child care crisis and help families in the inner west, which includes:

  • Increasing the Child Care Tax Rebate to 50 per cent – covering up to $7,500 a year of out-of-pocket costs for each child in child care;
  • Paying the 50% Child Care Tax Rebate quarterly – so parents no longer have to wait one or two years to receive their money;
  • Investing $73.5 million in incentives and opportunities to improve the qualifications of child care workers to ensure our children receive expert early learning and care;
  • Implementing tough national child care quality standards, including a quality improvement system that assesses child care services from A to E, and regular unannounced spot checks;
  • Investing $450 million in preschool for four-year olds, with 15 hours a week for forty weeks a year of fun, play-based learning delivered by a qualified teacher.

Families in the inner west will benefit from Labor’s child care plan.

Only Labor has a plan to fix the child care crisis.

Below: Anthony at the opening of the Early Achievers Child Care Centre