State Labor Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley has called on the Abbott Government to commit to funding 15 hours of Kindergarten for local children.

Late last year the Abbott Government extended the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education by just twelve months.

Under the Agreement, the Victorian Government fund 10 hours of kindergarten and the Federal Governments funds the additional five hours.

Unfortunately the Agreement is set to expire at the end of this year causing significant
uncertainty for local kindergartens and parents.

Last year Ms Graley and the local community campaigned tirelessly to ensure local families had access to 15 hours of kindergarten.

“Local parents told me time and time again that they were struggling to find adequate or affordable childcare for their children,”

“Losing this support is the very last thing they need when they are already struggling to balance working with caring for their families,”

“It is a shocking way to treat our little ones and their families, families who need our support more than ever,”

“I urge the Abbott Government to step up and provide a long term commitment to funding 15 hours of kindergarten for our children.”