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Labor offers free childcare for lowest-income earners

News | May 1, 2019

Childcare will be free for hundreds of thousands of low-income families under a Labor plan to boost taxpayer-funded subsidies, if elected on May 18.

More than 880,000 families will be an average of $1200 a year better off per child with Labor planning to spend $4 billion to further reduce the out-of-pocket costs parents pay for child care. Read More

Labor promises $4b for free childcare

News | May 1, 2019

Labor leader Bill Shorten will promise free or almost free childcare for low- income families at a rally for the party faithful in Melbourne.

Mr Shorten will make the $4 billion election pledge on Sunday alongside deputy party leader Tanya Plibersek. Read More

Labor to act on child care gender pay gap

News | May 1, 2019

Bill Shorten has indicated Labor will soon announce plans for closing the gender pay gap, starting with early childhood educators.

The opposition leader foreshadowed the pledge while detailing Labor’s women’s policy platform in Melbourne on Friday. Read More

Election 2019: Labor pledges to give childcare workers a payraise

News | May 1, 2019

Bill Shorten will pledge to bring down the soaring cost of daycare for parents on Sunday but will mandate that childcare workers are guaranteed a pay rise under the deal.

The New Daily understands Labor will confirm the policy over the weekend, in one of the biggest announcements of the 2019 campaign. Read More

Labor to overhaul childcare subsidies if elected in multi-billion-dollar campaign pledge

News | May 1, 2019

A federal Labor Government would spend $4 billion over four years to make childcare free for most low-income households, and cheaper for families that earn up to $174,000.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said increasing the current subsidy from 85 per cent of the hourly fee cap to 100 per cent would make childcare free for about 370,000 families, saving them on average $1,400 a year. Read More

ELACCA welcomes Labor’s commitment to increase wages of sector professionals and increase investment in Child Care Subsidy

Media Release | May 1, 2019

Labor’s investment in quality early education by reducing costs for families and increasing wages of early childhood professionals is welcomed by the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia.

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) has welcomed Labor’s announcement of $4 billion increased investment in the Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rate coupled with funding for wage increases for early childhood educators, supporting a quality early education for all children. Read More

ELACCA welcomes Green’s $20 billion policy enabling free preschool programs for most Australian three and four-year-old children

Media Release | May 1, 2019

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) welcomes the Australian Greens announcement of a policy that will enable free preschool programs for all three and four-year-old Australian children and the abolition of the activity test.

ELACCA CEO, Elizabeth Death said the Australian Greens Early Childhood Education and Care policy proposed free preschool programs for all Australian three and four-year olds and the abolition of the activity test to enable right of access for all children regardless of where they live, how much their parents work or earn. Read More

Early Learning and Care Council of Australia welcomes one more year of funding for preschool education

Media Release | Apr 3, 2019

The Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) welcomes the Government’s one year extension to the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, enabling every child in Australia continued access to a quality preschool education for the year before school.

ELACCA CEO Elizabeth Death said that we know that the ages three to five are critical to brain development and children who have attended preschool and accessed quality play-based learning make the very best transitions to school. Read More

“I had no idea”: The story no one’s telling about early childhood educators in Australia.

News | Apr 1, 2019

My son started preschool this year.
The night before his first day, I cried.
I stayed awake until after midnight, labelling his clothes and preparing his lunch box and – for reasons I still don’t entirely understand, ironing his jean shorts. Read More

All you need to know about childcare funding before the national elections

News | Mar 28, 2019

We may not know the date we will be heading to the polls, but the Early Learning and Care Council of Australia (ELACCA) are ready for the campaign trail.

CEO Elizabeth Death outlines their campaign Launch into Learning and explains why they want national childcare funding to cover children aged between three and five. Read More