Bert van Manen MP is encouraging local child care operators, educators and parents to have their say on how they think red tape in the sector can be reduced and the quality of care and education can be improved.
The first major *review of the National Quality Framework (NQF) – introduced under the previous Labor government – is underway to measure whether it is delivering on its objectives to reduce regulatory burden whilst also improving quality standards.
“Labor promised its rule changes would only lead to fee increases of 57 cents a week but the evidence suggests it’s more like $5 – $20 per day.”
“The Abbott Government is committed to high-quality child care and the intent of the National Quality Framework, but we’re also committed to dealing with the mountains of unnecessary red tape caused by its implementation.”
“Those added red tape costs are ultimately passed on to parents through higher child care fees, which skyrocketed an average of 53% during Labor’s six years in office.”
“There are also many hard working and dedicated child care services and educators providing high-quality care and education in Forde and it’s important we hear their experiences about what’s working and what’s not.”
“I therefore encourage Forde to get involved and share ideas on how we can reduce red tape while improving the quality of this vital service for young families,” van Manen concluded.
For more information and online submissions visit www.woolcott.com.au/NQFReview/. Submissions close Friday 4 July.