COAG review calls for funding certainty for preschool education

A review commissioned by the Council of Australian Governments has recommended the Morrison government commit to funding preschools in a five-year block to provide certainty to the sector, amid warnings any reduction in federal funds would trigger “immediate and longer-term consequences”.

Federal and state education ministers are due to consider the review at a two-day meeting in Alice Springs, starting on Wednesday, amid concerns from the early childhood sector the Morrison government is preparing to scale back its funding for preschool (called kindergarten in Victoria).

A federal and state government-commissioned review into preschools has recommended funding is locked in for five years. Credit:Peter Braig

The interim review into preschool funding, conducted by consulting firm, Nous Group, warns that if the federal government does not renew its support for preschool, there would likely be a reduction in the hours offered to children in the short term and a decline in school education outcomes in the longer-term.

“The review’s overarching finding is that, to sustain and further build on progress, funding should continue at a minimum of current levels,” a draft of the report, seen by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, says.


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