After a long drawn out review into the direct service provision of Children’s Services, Port Phillip Council voted unanimously at last week’s meeting to continue to deliver high quality council-run early education and care services as being in the public interest.

The ASU office, its delegates and members, as well as Local MP Josh Burns, parents and early educators have been advocating for Council to stay in the direct delivery of child care for the past two years and are enormously relieved to have the issue finally resolved.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how critical childcare and early education services are for especially for the families of essential working parents. Early learning educators are vital for the development of young children and especially for vulnerable in these difficult times.

We know that Council run childcare offers one of the highest quality childcare services available and by incredibly committed educators. ASU delegates and members should feel proud of this win, your continued advocacy has made a difference.

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