The Largest-Ever Investment in Child Care Professional Development – Media Release 9th May 2014
Bert van Manen MP has welcomed the Coalition Government’s announcement of the largest-ever investment in the professional development of the long day care sector.
Mr van Manen said the $200 million Long Day Care Professional Development Programme (LDCPDP), would help long day care services in Forde with the cost of upskilling and training educators to meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework.
All long day care educators were eligible for the LDCPDP, as opposed to less-than-a-third of the sector under its predecessor – Labor’s controversial Early Years Quality Fund (EYQF).
The LDCPDP will use the remaining funds from Labor’s controversial EYQF, which was shut down after an independent report found it was used as a vehicle for union recruitment. The EYQF is currently under examination by the Auditor General.
“Labor said their fund was about helping educators, but it was really about helping their union mates,” said Mr van Manen.
“However the Coalition is genuine about ensuring these funds are distributed fairly and equitably amongst all long day care educators to ensure our kids get access to high-quality care and education”