Fresh concerns have been raised over the potential consequences of the Federal Government's overhaul of the childcare sector.
The Government has proposed legislation that would end a program that provides funding for services specifically tailored for Indigenous children.
It wants to move these services into the mainstream funding system but Indigenous communities fear some centres will be forced to close as a result.
Yappera Children's Service, in Melbourne's north, is one of hundreds of centres around the country providing early education designed for Indigenous children.
The centre's chief executive officer Stacey Brown said she was worried about the future of the centre.
"I think that there's a lot of uncertainty under the new model of funding," Ms Brown said.
Child care providers say the changes will impact upon "vulnerable" families the most
"There's a lot of danger and our most vulnerable families will be the most impacted under this new model of funding.
"We see red flags that are going to impact on our families and I think that we will see those families no longer accessing our services in the future."
Services such as Yappera operate as part of a Government program called Budget Based Funded (BBF) services.
They receive an annual Government grant and some services do not charge parents any fees.
But the program is due to end by July 2017 when the Government's overhaul of the childcare sector comes into effect.
Services of this kind will have join other childcare centres under the mainstream funding model.
Leanne Gibbs from the Community Child Care Cooperative said the change will have big implications.
"Children will miss out because budget-based services and Aboriginal child and family services have been developed and established to meet the particular needs of Aboriginal children and families and they've been doing a fantastic job delivering that service," Ms Gibbs said.
"But trying to fit within a mainstream model means that those particular services won't be able to offer such an effective delivery of early childhood education.
"What I think we'll see with these proposals are more children missing out, rather than more children engaging and wherever we see children trying to fit in with a mainstream model, it just doesn't work."
But the Education Minister Simon Birmingham said the new funding regime will be simpler and fairer, claiming there were problems with the BBF program.
Ms Sydenham said BBF services played an important role in Indigenous communities which needed their own funding stream.
"They provide really quality early learning services but they also provide a huge scope of other services that support children's early development, that support families and particularly those most vulnerable families, they outreach to those families," she said.
"They really have that trusted relationship that supports families to deal with whatever crisis is coming up.
"So if these services go down, then the communities lose a lot more than child care.
"These are essential community hubs [and] we're really concerned [that] through this process are just not getting enough attention by the Government."
The Federal Opposition's Early Childhood spokeswoman Kate Ellis said she shared the concerns.
"What we do know is one service alone out of these Budget Based Funded services will be half a million dollars out of pocket," Ms Ellis said.
"So we fully expect that as a result of this change many of these services just will not be viable and will be shut down which means many of Australia's most disadvantaged children will be locked out of early childhood education.
"We know that in every single state and territory in Australia Indigenous children have lower participation rates in early childhood education and we all need to be working to close that gap, not shutting down services that some of them have access to."
On top of this the Health Minister has announced cuts to Medicare services related to treatments for ear, nose and throat complaints which will directly impact indigenous Australians especially in remote communities who have particular heath issues in these areas. With their announcement on Gonski, Briggs quitting in disgrace and Brough being made to finally step down I wonder what other little gems will be announced between now and New Years?
Interesting story from the Independent