Saturday, 28 March 2020
After warnings from early learning providers that the sector is on the brink of collapse, the Prime Minister’s response yesterday that “plan is still being developed” is just not good enough.
Families, early educators and early learning providers cannot wait any longer. Urgent action is required now to save the early learning sector.
Providers from across the country have been pleading with the Federal Government to provide urgent support, as the viability of centres is under threat by plummeting attendance and enrolment rates.
More and more parents are pulling their children out of child care – with Goodstart Early Learning, the nation’s largest provider of early education and care, reporting 1 in 3 children not attending.
Without support from Government, rapidly declining enrolment could force many centres to permanently close. This will leave families without child care, early educators and directors without a job, and providers without a business.
With 1.2 million families relying on the child care system before the current crisis, the permanent closure of early learning centres will make it difficult for many families to return to work in future.
Every day that passes brings the sector closer to collapse. The Government must act urgently and provide adequate support to ensure the early learning sector can survive this challenging time.