CHANGES to confirmed enrolment numbers could make it difficult for community kindergartens to access operational funding and staff next year, according to East Metropolitan MLC spokeswoman Donna Faragher.
Mrs Faragher, who is also Opposition Education spokeswoman said for many years community kindergartens such as the Spring Road Community Kindergarten had provided a learning environment for hundreds of children starting their schooling life.
She said from next year, the enrolment threshold for community kindergartens to access operational funding and staff from the Department of Education would increase from 10 to 16 confirmed student enrolments.
“In addition to these changes, community kindergartens are required to provide confirmed enrolments by 10 August 2018,’’ she said.
“This early deadline does not take into account late or changing enrolments.
“This decision was made without any consultation and is one that I cannot support.”
She said Spring Road Community Kindergarten, which had been an important asset to the Perth Hills community for more than 65 years was a special place with its purpose-built kindergarten facilities set amongst the trees and natural surroundings of Kalamunda.
“As the parents have said, this kindy is a ‘hidden gem’.
“It’s a place to learn, to play and to make new friends.”