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Parents, educators and local councils say such a change would:
just think for school readiness, 10 hours just isn cutting it, she said.
COMPROMISE the education of students, leaving them less prepared for their entry into primary school;
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are seeing kids come into school who are more confident, more school ready and more socially connected; Nike Vapormax Womens Burgundy you can really the benefit of these extra hours. councillor Kylie Fisher said kinders, childcare and long daycare centres were initially worried about how they would manage the extended hours.
With son Angus, 4, at Normanby St Preschool and Oliver, 3, and Lucy, 1, coming through the system, Geelong mum Kirsten Baker said the more kinder hours offered to families the better.
to have that potentially taken away is absolutely ridiculous. about the potential cut to hours is also building in the Surf Coast Shire, where kinder places are in high demand.
The state and federal governments agreed to pay for more hours at kinders from the start of 2013, but last week State Budget revealed that deal was about to expire. According to Budget documents, the State Government will not fill the void if Canberra does not stump up the cash.
last week we had the Jan Juc Kindergarten opened, which is a fantastic facility designed to meet the requirements of delivering 15 hours; thanks to great investment from the Victorian Government, Council and the kinder community. These investments should be well utilised. google_ad_section_end(name=story_body) >
The Federal Government says a review was under way to see what difference the extra five hours per week per student is making, and its decision on funding will be made after that.
Classes were only increased from 10 to 15 hours at the start of last year, but preschools learned last week that guaranteed federal funding was about to dry up for the extra tutelage.
But GKA managing director Tina Martin said local kinders needed certainty.
The Geelong Kindergarten Association said funding uncertainty would force it to consider cutting classes back to Nike Vapormax Explorer Dark
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Budget sparks fears hours will be cut
everybody has now embraced it because you just know the extra hours lead to extra social contact, and extra education, and that what we all want, Cr Fisher said.
are concerned about the lack of funding for 15 hours. There is compelling evidence base that says children benefit greatly from the increase from 10 to 15 hours, and we are concerned what impact this would have on our program in 2015, she said.
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user pays system to fund the remaining five hours would also be inappropriate and the cost should not be passed on to ratepayers; which is why Council believes federal and state governments need to strike a solution.
THREATEN jobs created when the hours were increased last year; and,
actually like to see them do more than 15 hours, especially in the last term. Lonsdale Primary School principal Fay Agterhuis said schools were already noticing the difference the extra preschool hours had on Prep students.
effectively means families and kids will miss out on a third of the service, which is especially poor for working families, families in rural areas and disadvantaged children, Mayor Rose Hodge said.
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