Labor has promised to subsidise 600 hours of preschool for 700,000 Aussie children.

Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten, has promised an extra $1.75 billion, for up to 15 hours a week for three years olds, and to continue the program for four year olds beyond 2019, shares 9 news.

Mr Shorten says it’s the “biggest ever investment in early education in Australia”.

“We need to give all three year olds and four year olds in Australia the best jump start to going into school,” Mr Shorten said.

“All the education experts have made it very clear that a little child’s development up to the age of five is very important.

“So Labor believes in investing in the learning and educational outcomes of three and four year olds.

“It will help parents with the cost of paying for pre-school and I think it will really, really make a massive change.

“It’s re-imagining childcare into early childhood education.

“Australian parents and kids will be the winners.”

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  • maybe reduce the cost of living in places and more people. could afford preschool.


  • Waste of money. 3 year old kinder isn’t needed, especially when the majority of people are putting their children in childcare from the time they are 1. More important things the money can go on. Labor love throwing money at unnecessary things to buy votes.


  • Great idea hope it becomes a reality every bit helps


  • Yaaaaay! Bout time we saw some major investments in our future. How about more childcare subsidies too…..


  • Early childhood is important for all children so I’m glad to see the money go to a good cause


  • I think kinder is a name used in some places where others call it early learning.
    It is help with the cost – not the full cost. I guess it is still means tested too.


  • Great initiative, lets hope it stays long term.


  • Will they hold their promise?


  • It looks like a good plan. Hopefully he will keep his promise!


  • Sounds good ! Would have been nice if they would have done this a bit earlier ;)


  • How about we get 4 year old kinder fully funded first? Our “funded” place still left us out of pocket $1500. And thats just a plain ol boring community shire run kindergarten.


  • Hopefully the program is implemented!


  • Any monetary investment into our children should be praised.


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