The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, has announced the Federal government will commit $406 million nationally to ensure families in Knox can continue to access up to 15 hours of preschool per week in 2015.
Mr Tudge confirmed the Federal government is offering Victoria an extension of the current national partnership arrangement for preschool funding for a further 12 months after they expire in December 2014.
“This means Knox parents can plan their year knowing the government is delivering the funding to provide 15 hours per week of preschool,” said Mr Tudge.
“Parents and preschools in Knox have contacted me worried about funding for the future.
“I can assure them that the government is stepping up to meet their needs,” said Mr Tudge.
The previous Labor government did not allocate funding to the preschool national partnership beyond December 2014, leaving parents in limbo.
The current Productivity Commission Inquiry into Child Care and Early Learning is due to hand its report to the Government in October this year.
The government will also take into account findings from an independent review into the current national partnership on preschools, the Federation White Paper and the review of the National Quality Framework governing child care and early childhood learning quality standards and regulations.