WE HAVE MOVED!!!
Loddon Mallee Preschool Association has moved to new premises at
10a Merino Court East Bendigo.
Sharing the building with Noah’s Ark, our new home moves us away from the busy Williamson Street to offices that offer more space with improved privacy and easy access for families.
How to Find us
Where to find us (we have moved into what was the Macquarie Homes Sales Centre)
Media Release from Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA)
Budget silent on future of 15 hours
While last night’s budget contained a contingency to extend the funding under National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education until the end of 2015 – effectively rolling the funding over for 12 months – this funding is not certain and remains subject to negotiations with the States and Territories.
The Commonwealth is reviewing its commitment to the National Partnership Agreement that provides the mix of Federal and State funding to deliver 15 hours of preschool/kindergarten for four year olds. .....
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Press Release - LMPA - 15hrs of Kindergarten
The Loddon Mallee Preschool is committed to the provision of the highest quality early learning opportunities for Australian Children. Access to quality early learning gives children the prospect to develop and achieve success in further education and in life. Central to this is access to 15 hours of early learning guided by a tertiary trained early childhood professional.
At the end of 2014, the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education will come to an end, signalling the end of Commonwealth Funding which had ensured that Australian preschool children have the opportunity to attend 15 hours of structured Preschool Education per week. Along with the end of the Commonwealth Funding it will also be the end of 15 hours of preschool education.
Quoting directly from the COAG website “On 29 November 2008, the Commonwealth and the States and Territories signed the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education, an agreement to ensure that all children have access to a quality early childhood education program in the year before they go to school.
This early childhood education program, for preschool or kindergarten, is to be delivered by a four-year university-trained early childhood teacher, for 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year. To implement this program the Commonwealth Government has committed $970 million to States and Territories over five years from 2008.”
Now that the agreement is about to expire the Commonwealth Government seems reluctant to commit to the continuation of funding into 2015 and beyond. It is understood that the Commonwealth Assistant Minister for Education, Sussan Ley, has advised the peak body, Early Learning Association Australia that the national partnership agreement is under review. More significantly, it is understood Minister Ley has stated that she does not believe funding preschool / kindergarten is a Commonwealth responsibility.
Loddon Mallee Preschool Association CEO Phil Hocking said that we support the conduct of a review, as we believe it is important to understand how the National Partnership has impacted on participation rates and quality across jurisdictions. However, the review should not be based on the probable withdrawal of funding. Critically, a review should help to quantify the benefits of children receiving a minimum of 15 hours exposure to quality early learning to justify the continuation of funding.
The withdrawal of funding will be a backward step. We cannot ask families to bear the burden of increased fees and the State Government seems incapable of injecting more funding so the only alternative left is to reduce preschool hours. This will be a devastating blow for children, parents, volunteers, educators, and service providers. It would also seem to contradict the body of research that demonstrates that a minimum of 15 hours exposure to a quality early learning program is critical for children, and fundamental to Australia’s social and economic future and the ability for young people to achieve success and contribute to the Australian way of life.
We would hope that the Commonwealth Government will stand by the COAG agreements and continue to recognise the importance of Early Childhood Education and set the continuation of funding in stone for 2015 and into the future.
Endorsed by the Board of Directors of Loddon Mallee Preschool Association.
CUTS TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION?
The Australian Education Union has a petition available for you to sign
to show your support.
No cuts to preschool hours
Evidence shows preschool education leads to better outcomes for all kids —
and has life-changing outcomes for disadvantaged children.
Victoria has achieved universal access to 15 hours of preschool
education for four-year-olds.
The Federal Government has not yet made a commitment to continue
funding 15 hours of preschool education beyond 2014.
Don’t let the Government reduce access to education for Victorian kids.
2015 KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENT FORMS
ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Please click on Central Enrolment Application Forms in the side Menu to find them.
Applications for the first round of Kindergarten Applications close on June 30.
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