Action needed on childcare as COVID-19 impact worsens

Tasmanian Labor
  • Childcare centres need immediate
    clarity from the Federal Government
  • Childcare arrangements must be
    put in place for essential workers and others
  • Sector needs an orderly
    transition to ensure a viable future
  • The Federal Government must
    act urgently to implement a planned closure of childcare services, or risk the
    collapse of the sector.

    Labor Leader Rebecca White
    said many centres are struggling to remain viable as children are withdrawn
    from care in large numbers.

    “People are taking their
    children out of care either because they’ve lost work, or to help reduce the
    spread of the virus,” Ms White said.

    “Childcare centres are
    reliant to a degree on Federal Government funding, yet there’s no clarity from
    government on how centres will be supported to survive the COVID-19 crisis.

    “There must be an orderly
    and supported closure of childcare centres, in line with the same principles of
    school closures, to protect the future viability of those businesses, the need
    for ongoing care for some children, and the health and safety of childcare
    workers and the children they care for.

    “The approach for the
    childcare sector must mirror that taken for schools, where childcare would
    remain available for children who still require care – such as the children of
    essential workers.

    “If childcare centres fail, there will be no option for those families, workers and children.”

    Rebecca White

    Labor Leader

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