Children to return to classrooms after holidays, PM says

Daniel Fowler
April 8, 2020

'Had the virus kept growing at the same rate it was 12 days ago, we would now have more than 10,500 cases in this country, ' he said, adding 'That is a tribute to the work that has been done by Australians in getting around and supporting the very sensible measures that have been put in place all around the country.' 'But we must continue to do this.

Childcare centres have lost significant business in recent weeks as thousands of Australians have been working from home.

PRIME Minister Scott Morrison says he expects Australian children to return to school after the coming school holidays.

"What we want to do by doing this is ensure that your childcare centre will remain open, so that you know where you normally take your child to get cared, that that will be there for you, so you are not looking to have to go to a new centre", he told reporters on Thursday.

Child care will be free for parents still using it during the coronavirus crisis.

Education Minister Dan Tehan says the government's $1.3 billion free child care package is "underpinning the viability of the childcare sector".

On worldwide visitors coming to Australia on working visas, Morrison said that they would have to self-isolate for 14 days before moving out to rural and regional areas for work.

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"They matter to me, they matter to my government and all of the members of parliament in this place, every state and territory premier and chief minister, every Australian matters".

"But we have to accept that there will be, for some protracted period of time, this combination of distance learning, and for those who can't do that at home, no child should be turned away".

"Childcare and early childhood education is critical", Scott Morrison said. Your child does not have to have started childcare to be eligible for this this benefit.

Wages account for more than 60 per cent of a centre's expenses.

National Cabinet is also considering short-term intervention for commercial tenancy arrangements.

Childcare services seeking health and situation information about COVID-19 should contact the 24/7 National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.

Original Article published by Dominic Giannini on The RiotACT.

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