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Jul 16, 2018
Essential Research

Childcare and early learning policies

Q. Thinking about childcare and early learning, do you agree or disagree with the following policies?

  Total agree Total disagree   Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Ensuring all children have access to two years of early learning (e.g. kindy or preschool program) before they started school 77% 12%   32% 45% 8% 4% 11%
Removing support for children whose parents are not in the workforce and are not actively looking for work 42% 43%   16% 26% 27% 16% 14%
Ensuring children from poor or disadvantaged children get the support they need to access two years of early learning (e.g. kindy or preschool program) before they start school. 81% 9%   37% 44% 6% 3% 9%

 

There was strong agreement with the policies that all children have access to two years of early learning (77% agree) and that children from poor or disadvantaged children get the support they need to access two years of early learning (81%).

However, respondents were split over removing support for children whose parents are not in the workforce and are not actively looking for work (42% agree/43% disagree).

Households with children were more likely to agree that all children have access to two years of early learning (85%) but were also evenly divided over removing support for children whose parents are not in the workforce and are not actively looking for work (45% agree/45% disagree). Those most likely to oppose removing support were women (49% disagree), Greens voters (58%) and aged 65+ (52%).

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