Designing a funding system for Playcentre: Lessons from History


  • Suzanne Manning


The strategic plan for early learning in 2019 calls for co-design of a funding model with the Playcentre Federation. This paper reviews the impacts of past funding policies on Playcentres and concludes that any new funding model should be based around Playcentre practices by talking with those who understand Playcentre operations. A new model must guarantee small and rural centres a minimum income so they remain sustainable; and funding the support provided by the Federation must be included. The paper concludes by imagining services which accommodate both parents-as-educators and teachers, removing the necessity for separate funding models.