Around 25,000 Gold Coast families will be better off from the Turnbull Government’s child care overhaul.
Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, said the new child care package will provide the greatest hours of support to the families who work the longest hours, and the greatest subsidy and financial support to the families who earn the least.
“We know the cost pressures that families face so we’ve taken action to overhaul a broken system,” Mrs Andrews said.
“Families using child care on the Gold Coast should be reassured that relief is around the corner and the child care changes are focused on helping the families that need it most.
“Almost one million families will benefit from our additional $2.5 billion investment and comprehensive changes to the subsidy system, our new hourly rate cap to put downward pressure on fee increases and the end of the $7,613 annual rebate cap,” Minister Birmingham said.
“I urge families to visit our child care estimator, plug in their details and see exactly how they’re set to benefit.”
Mrs Andrews discussed the Child Care reforms while visiting the Robina First early Learning centre where young ones have been learning French as part of the Government-supported Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.
12 early learning centres took part in the program this year and many have reported how enjoyable and beneficial it’s been to the young children taking part.
“Languages being taught include Chinese, Japanese, French and Indonesian and the kids are learning in a fun and interactive way using tablet devices,” Mrs Andrews said.
“Learning a new language is something that will help them in later life the ELLA program is proof that it’s never too early to start.”
“The Turnbull Government is providing grants to eligible centres to assist with the purchase of tablet devices.”
More information on the Turnbull Government’s new child care reforms can be found at: www.education.gov.au/childcare