Do Australian children have enough preschool contact hours? According to the latest push, we’re falling well short, and our kinder kids should get 30 hours of preschool – double what’s currently available to Australian children.
The push has come during the Labor Party’s national conference, in Melbourne, by NSW member Rose Jackson.
She says, “We should be looking at ways to fund an increase to 30 hours. I would like to see a future in society where early childhood education is considered in the same way as public primary education, delivered by the state to everyone for three and four-year-olds”.
But the national conference tamed down the motion, instead pledging to improve the universal access guarantee so that all children are able to go to kinder, by considering options which may include increasing hours.
Under the current guarantee the states are given funding from the federal government, to increase the amount of preschool places so that all four-year-olds have a preschool place for at least 15 hours a week.