Labor makes childcare pitch

Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk, State Opposition leader Mark McGowan and Landsdale resident Dionne Leighton-Harris.
Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk, State Opposition leader Mark McGowan and Landsdale resident Dionne Leighton-Harris.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan and Girrawheen MLA Margaret Quirk met resident Dionne Leighton-Harris where the proposed East Landsdale Primary School is being built to discuss EduCare.

The policy would provide a pre-school childcare site in all new government primary schools, offering before and after-school and holiday care.

“Under Labor’s policy the new primary school in Landsdale would have been built with a dedicated childcare site,” Ms Quirk said.

“Modern families lead busy lives and lots of mums and dads work. Finding childcare for pre-schoolers can be very difficult.”

Education Minister Peter Collier said it was not necessary in all schools.

“More than 100 schools around the State already provide pre-school childcare,” he said.

“It has to be based on demand and if there’s no demand, then there’s no use providing it.”