Families will be promised a $1.75 billion funding boost in a dramatic Labor pledge to widen access to preschool, offering new subsidies to help children learn more at a younger age.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will guarantee access to subsidised preschool for around 700,000 children a year in a move that intensifies his policy fight on education ahead of the next election.
The Labor policy continues an existing federal package to subsidise preschool for four-year-olds, but it ramps up the funding to extend the scheme to three-year-olds in the name of lifting education results…
Every three-year-old in Australia would be able to access 15 hours of subsidised early childhood education each week under the Labor plan, to be outlined with a claim that it will help expand the economy over time.
“This is an economic and social reform as profound as lifting the school leaving age and opening up universal access to universities,” Mr Shorten says in a speech to be delivered on Thursday.