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Government’s early school starting age policy on the rocks

  • Enormous opposition to Liberal plan to lower the school starting age
  • Policy is not backed by educational evidence and will cost jobs
  • Some child care centres told they should consider becoming a café if policy goes ahead
  • Labor will build six new Child and Family Centres and genuinely consult with the community

The Liberal Government’s irresponsible plan to lower the school starting age in Tasmania faces unprecedented opposition.

Shadow Education Minister Michelle O’Byrne said the policy is simply not supported by Tasmanians.

“According to the latest EMRS polling released by union United Voice, 76 per cent of Tasmanians oppose lowering the school starting age to three and a half,” Ms O’Byrne said.

“The Government is now under enormous pressure to drop its unpopular and irresponsible policy.

“The plan is not backed by evidence, does not have the support of parents and will cost employment across the state as child care centres close down.

“And the Government’s so-called consultation has excluded Family Day Care centres affected by the changes and left others feeling despondent.

“One centre was told it should consider becoming a café if the Liberals’ changes go through.

“That’s a slap in the face to early education providers and their employees who add an enormous amount to the community.

“The pressure is now on Jeremy Rockliff to admit he’s got it badly wrong and drop his irresponsible policy.

“Labor’s sensible alternative policy is to build six new Child and Family Centres across the state and genuinely consult with the community on strategies to improve early education.”

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