Top childcare group backs Abbott's national partnership plan

ONE of the nation's top childcare groups has backed an Abbott government move to extend a national partnership funding agreement on pre-school.

The agreement was extended this week by Assistant Education Minister Sussan Ley, to ensure funding for families of up 15 hours of preschool would still be available in 2015.

It would keep the current arrangements for one more year before wider reforms are expected in light of the Productivity Commission inquiry on early childhood education.

The Australian Childcare Alliance commended the extension, with vice-president Judy Atkinson saying it would provide more certainty for parents and the industry.


Luxury resort offering discounts for local staycations

Premium Content Luxury resort offering discounts for local staycations

Residents are able to enjoy 15 per cent off at this popular spot.

Behrouz has never entered Australia but left a profound mark

Premium Content Behrouz has never entered Australia but left a profound mark

A Lennox Head artist’s striking work depicting refugee and writer Behrouz Boochani...

Letter to the editor: Is PPE the new plastic bottle?

Letter to the editor: Is PPE the new plastic bottle?

“I was disappointed to find a screwed up face mask lying on the ground (...) I came...