Labor’s $6.1 million pledge for more toys
LABOR is setting aside $6 million for a toy cash splash as it pursues the parent vote.
The funding for toy libraries and playgroups involves grants of $5000-$15,000 to individual operators and $50,000 grants for organisations.
The cash must be used to expand and set up more play- groups and libraries and replenish stocks of toys, books, paints and crafts.
The grants, via the Department of Education and Training, will begin in 2019-20 and go for three years.
Labor said the money was part of its $1.75 billion national preschool and kindy program and would be funded via its proposal to end negative gearing tax deductions on all but new housing.
The Australian Childcare Alliance’s Nesha Hutchinson said while playgroups and toy libraries were important, the money could be better spent reducing the cost of childcare .
CASH SPLASH: Sienna Ulrich, 3, could be a big winner under federal Labor’s proposal for more funding for play groups and toy libraries.