Bentleigh families can’t afford Turnbull’s kinder cuts

The Turnbull Federal Government is set to cut $100 million from Victorian kinders, a decision that will leave families in Bentleigh and across the state up to $2000 worse off every year.

Member for Bentleigh, Nick Staikos, today visited Bentleigh West Kindergarten to meet with staff and hear their concerns.

Bentleigh West Kindergarten Director, Nichole Jenkins, told Mr Staikos that “if continued investment is not provided by the Turnbull Government, we risk losing up to a day of preschool education [every week]. For local children, families and staff it will mean children will not be ready for school, families will be unable to work and staff will see a large reduction in their income which will have a major impact on their families.”

The Andrews Labor Government has made record investments in Victorian education, including upgrades at Bentleigh West Kindergarten and Brady Road Kindergarten, to ensure that every child has access to the best possible start in life. The Turnbull Liberal Government must reverse its decision to cut kinder funding to prevent putting the positive effects of this investment at risk.

When Malcolm Turnbull’s cuts come into effect in December 2017:

  • Local kids will lose five hours of funded kinder every week
  • Families who cannot afford extra childcare, and mums especially, will find it harder to return to work
  • Working families will face up to $2000 in extra fees per year, per child, even after the Child Care Rebate, if they’re forced to replace a lost day of kinder with childcare

Mr Staikos called on local residents to join the fight against the cuts: “We in the State Labor Government have shown our commitment to supporting local children through this absolutely vital stage of development, and Bentleigh families deserve the same commitment from the Federal Government. I urge local residents to sign our petition to tell the Liberals that these cuts can’t be allowed to go ahead.”

To sign the petition against kinder cuts, visit www.thismatters.org.au/kindercuts

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