24 Nov 2010

Early-childhood services lose access to grants

9:29 pm on 24 November 2010

Nearly 2000 early-childhood services are losing access to millions of dollars in grants that help them mentor new teachers.

But the Government is also changing its rules so those services can pass more of their costs on to parents.

The affected services are those where more than 80% of teachers are registered.

The Government says it is focusing its $4000-a-year support grants on services that have the most need of qualified teachers. It is also changing the rules for its 20-hours childcare subsidy.

Services cannot charge fees for hours covered by the subsidy, but they can ask parents for optional payments for some things.