[singlepic id=376 w=320 h=240 float=left] Kindergarten fee relief is now available for eligible families, regardless of where they access their
kindergarten program.

Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the Bligh Government had made early education more affordable with all Health Care Card holders now able to claim a subsidy from their service provider.

“This is great news for Queenslanders,” Mr Pitt said.

“For families accessing a kindergarten service, the subsidy is worth up to $1179 a year.

“For families accessing kindy through a long day care service, the subsidy is worth $402 a year, as these services are also subsidised by the Australian Government.

“By extending the subsidy available to Health Care Card holders, kindergarten becomes even more affordable, particularly for low-income families.”

Mr Pitt said the Bligh Government was committed to providing every child in Queensland with access to a quality kindergarten program by 2014.

“We’re investing $321 million to establish up to 240 extra kindergarten services across the state, ensuring all Queenslanders have access to a quality kindergarten program.”

“We want to help all children to have a flying start to their education and we recognise that some families need extra support to take advantage of the opportunities available to their children.”

Mr Pitt said families simply needed to show their Health Care Card to their Queensland Governmentapproved kindergarten program provider to claim their entitlement.

“The funds provided through these subsidies are paid to the kindergarten service and deducted from the out-of-pocket fees payable by parents.”

“This subsidy is indexed annually in July to help keep pace with cost of living increases.

“Research indicates children who participate in a quality early education enjoy a flying start to learning and life and this is another stepping stone by the government to achieve that.”

Mr Pitt said the Bligh Government was working to unlock the potential of young Queenslanders by ensuring every child had access to a kindergarten program regardless of personal or family

“This subsidy will enable more young Queenslanders to gain the firm educational foundation of a quality kindergarten program.”