Free childcare was a huge step forward for access to childcare for families, but the Government cut the program and returned to steep fees in July.
Australian families are doing it tough right now, with millions losing work and income.
It’s time to recognise childcare as an essential service available to anyone who needs it, not just those who can afford it.
Even before the pandemic, the old fee-based system put enormous financial stress on families and limited real choices for primary carers, who are overwhelmingly women.
That’s why childcare must be free, permanently. Our little ones and the ones who care for them and teach them deserve nothing less.
Like all levels of education and public services, childcare must also be properly funded to ensure care is high-quality and workers are supported.
Sign the petition to call for free childcare for all.