25 May 2023

Assoc Education Minister responds to ECE funding criticism

From Checkpoint, 5:15 pm on 25 May 2023

Leaders in the early childhood sector are now criticising the government's flagship budget policy of extending 20 free hours of ECE to two-year-olds.

The group that represents most ECE providers say its unworkable and could have unintended consequences, including pushing up fees and forcing centres to shut up shop altogether.

Associate Minister of Education Jo Luxton is overseeing the policy. She says she is welcoming the opportunity to sit down with the group soon.