Jul 18

Millions in training funds replaces Labor’s wage rise

Two of Inverell’s childhood education centres have been tipped to receive more than $60,000 each from the federal government for staff training.

Barnaby Joyce.

Catherine Campbell Long Day Care Centre has been allocated just over $64,200, while George Street Children’s Centre will receive about $83,140 for staff training and improvement services to meet the national quality benchmarks.

The majority of more than $1 million allocated to the New England electorate will bedivided between eight day-care centres in Armidale and a further nine in Tamworth, howevercentres in Tenterfield, Glen Innes, Guyra and Inverell among others will also benefit.

Catherine Campbell director, Evelyn Harrington, said the funds were a welcome sight for educators in rural and regional areas.

“It means we can access some really good training services,” she said.

Evelyn said the funding means local educators will be able to access high quality training services they would have otherwise missed because of the cost of travel, accommodation and replacement staff.

The local organisationis drawing together a professional development plan to identify training needs.

The federal plan to roll out $200 million over the next three years for long day care centres is said to replace the previous Labor government’s commitment to raise wages through its early years quality fund.

The early years fund was eventually scrapped and criticised as a vehicle for union recruitment that would have benefitedaround 33 per cent of long dare care educators, according to independent assessments.

New England MP Barnaby Joyce welcomed the funding last week.

“I’m delighted our local child care operators have embraced this programme, which was set up to ensure a fairer go after the previous Labor fund would have seen 70 per cent of long day care educators miss out,” he said.

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