The Canberra Times
Sunday, 3 December 2023

Childcare cull option

Updated April 24 2018 - 9:10pm, first published May 10 2016 - 6:46pm

May I suggest a culling program for ACT childcare centres ("Canberra faces childcare oversupply", May 7, p1)? It should be based not on economics, as seems to be the case here, but on quality. We already have a great benchmark for assessing quality – the National Quality Standards for children services. So let's cull those centres that are not meeting these standards. Then our tax dollars will go to something worthwhile. In doing so we can also address the problems touched on in the article "Low early learning rates hinder children" (May 7, p1).