Lovell Caught Sitting On The Fence On Take-A-Break
Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Wendy Lovell has been caught out not keeping her word in the wake of the Federal Labor Government’s recent announcement of more occasional childcare places in Victoria.
Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader on Children and Young Adults Jenny Mikakos said Ms Lovell had previously stated the Baillieu Government would provide funding for occasional childcare if the Federal Government did.
“The Federal Government has announced approximately 250 new occasional childcare places for Victoria, but the Baillieu Government is yet to deliver on its promise,” Ms Mikakos said.
“Ms Lovell initially ruled out providing funding in response, but this week in Parliament she said she is yet to make a decision.
“…once we understand the full impact of the federal government’s announcement, we can then make informed decisions (regarding further state government funding).” (10 November, 2011)
“Why is it that Ms Lovell has taken so long to decide if her Government supports our children?
“Centres are already making decisions at the moment about whether programs will continue next year and about fee levels, so Ms Lovell must immediately provide some certainty to the parents and the staff who have been desperately seeking information about this issue.
“Ms Lovell must clarify what her Government’s position is in the light of the new funding from the Federal Government.
“Will Ms Lovell finally invest in occasional childcare in Victoria, or will she continue to deny families from across Victoria access to flexible, affordable care close to home?”
More than 9000 children attend child care services through the Take-a-Break program in 225 community centres, employing 140 workers across Victoria.