Labor’s broken childcare promise to increase costs for families

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to honour its promise to keep childcare costs down for South Australian families.

In 2011, then Education Minister Grace Portolesi promised to modify requirements under the National Quality Framework to reduce the staff to child care ratio in childcare centres from 1:5 to 1:8 from 2016.

This modified ratio of childcare workers to children would have significantly reduced increases in the cost of childcare.

However, the Weatherill Labor Government has failed to fulfil its promise with the Education and Early Childhood Services (Registrations and Standards) Act 2011 still requiring the 1:5 ratio from 2016.

“If the Weatherill Government reneges on its promise, childcare costs for South Australian families will increase by almost $150 per week for two and three years olds,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“If the Government sticks to its original promise of a 1:8 ratio from 2016, the cost to parents will be reduced by almost $100 a week.

“Minister Rankine must honour the commitment made by her predecessor or South Australian families face exorbitant increases to childcare costs.

“South Australian families are already struggling with ever-increasing cost of living pressures including the savage increases in the ESL, and punishingly high water and electricity prices.”

“Childcare is a necessity for many families and the Weatherill Labor Government’s backflip is a slap in the face to families already struggling to pay household bills,” said Shadow Education Minister David Pisoni.

“This is just another example of the Weatherill Labor Government saying one thing and doing another, which is increasing uncertainty for South Australian families and businesses alike.”