Call for more use of school facilities


From left: Rita Saffioti and Grace, Mark McGowan, Amber-Jade Sanderson and Hugo, Peter Tinley with Ava and Angus at North Perth.
From left: Rita Saffioti and Grace, Mark McGowan, Amber-Jade Sanderson and Hugo, Peter Tinley with Ava and Angus at North Perth.

Mr McGowan recently said Labor’s EduCare policy would encourage schools to open pre-school childcare centres and provide pre-school care at all new public primary schools.

As well as pre-school care, the program would also focus on before- and after-school care.

Mr McGowan said public schools were community assets that were not being used to their full potential.

“We want to encourage more community use of schools,” he said.

“This could include things like after-hours care, community groups booking performance spaces and outdoor facilities.

“WA Labor will ensure policies will be developed to ensure access does not compromise students and staff work spaces and address all the liability issues.”

He said some government schools already provided out-of-school-hours care but it was not enough.

However, Education Minister Peter Collier said schools across WA were already able to provide space for before- and after-school childcare when there is demand from parents.

“Pre-school aged child care is already catered for by the private sector,” he said.

“This year, we also have 21 Child and Parent Centres on school grounds that cater for parents and their children from the day they are born.”