Labor is committed to early learning in the West

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Labor has cemented its commitment to early learning in the West this week, with a number of announcements for  local community groups.

As part of Labor’s commitment to early learning, we announced that if elected, a Shorten Labor Government will expand community based playgroups and toy libraries with a $6.1 million grassroots grants program.

In the West this week, communities across Stirling, Cowan, Fremantle, Hasluck and Perth will all benefit under Labor’s program to for community Playgroups and Toy Libraries.

Just some of the community groups which received commitments from Labor included Tiny Tots Toy Library in Balcatta, Cockburn Toy Library and Pearsall Hocking Community Playgroup.

If elected, these commitments across the West reflect Labor’s priority to giving every child the best start in life.

From Fremantle to Forrestfield, Ballajura to Balcatta, parents across Perth can make friends in a welcoming, safe environment and give their children access to a range of educational toys and developmental experiences at low or no cost.

Just this week Labor has committed to more than $55,000 of grants which will help community groups to expand their early learning resources and facilities.

If elected, this funding towards community Playgroups and Toy Libraries is greater support from the Commonwealth and is a long overdue recognition of the important place they have our local communities.

Labor is committed to doing more to promote early childhood development.

Labor has announced the biggest ever investment in early childhood education in Australia with the $1.75 billion National Preschool and Kindy Program.

Labor’s plan will see around 700,000 three and four year olds access preschool and kindy every year. This will also help parents balance work and family and help reduce the child care bill for families with children already in early education.

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