ECE businesses could lose access to $150m subsidies
At-home early childhood education businesses will lose access to $150 million a year in subsidies unless their staff are qualified. The Government says the mostly unqualified workforce of home-based carers must now get a level four certificate in early education. Nearly 8,000 at-home carers look after 18,000 under 5s and most have no early childhood qualifications at all. Susan Phua, president of the Home-Based Early Childhood Education Association, speaks to Susie Ferguson.