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IEUA NSW/ACT welcomes Labor’s commitment to early childhood education

The Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA) NSW/ACT Branch welcomes today's news
about Labor's commitment to making the largest investment in NSW history into early childhood

Labor’s promised $500 million dollar package to prioritise early education and preschool in NSW is
long awaited. ''The measures will increase access for children, arrest the drift away from Early
Childhood Education by University Qualified Teachers and give every child the best start possible'',
said IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary, John Quessy.

''Daley and Washington have demonstrated a keen eye and understanding of the needs in early
childhood'' said Quessy.

''Noteworthy is the inclusion of $18 million for 'Specialist Early Intervention', Quessy said ''as well as
recognition of the need for infrastructure to address crucial and critical service gaps.''

Industrial Officer Verena Heron said ''The Union is particularly gratified to see Labor's commitment
to the provision of wages and the creation of a long awaited Ministerial Advisory Panel. The IEUA
NSW/ACT will be pleased to participate and be part of this panel as the Union that represents
teachers in centres and preschools throughout NSW and the ACT.''

Further information:

Further comment:
Verena Heron, Industrial Officer IEUA NSW/ACT Branch (specialist in Early Childhood Education),
mobile 0429 926 930
John Quessy, Secretary IEUA NSW/ACT Branch, mobile 0429 919 315

Media contacts:
Sue Osborne (02) 8202 8900
Bronwyn Ridgway (a/h) 0433 373 109

The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch represents over 30,000 teachers, principals and support staff in Catholic
and independent schools, early childhood centres and post secondary colleges.