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Extra $1.6 million for critical child care services in West and South Gippsland

Government assistance committed to giving access to families for a quality child care.

By news@gippsland - 22nd July 2021 - Back to News

Federal Member for Monash Russell Broadbent today welcomed the allocation of an additional $1.6 million to support vital child care services in the region and help meet the needs of local families.

Find out more about the government assistance child care subsidy, fees and packaging

Find out more about the government assistance child care subsidy, fees and packaging

Receiving the fund

Mr Broadbent said 11 services will receive funding through the Liberal National Governments Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) which helps improve access to child care and increase workforce participation in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.

Improved access to quality care

Mr Broadbent said, "This funding will help local child care services improve access to quality care, particularly in more rural and remote parts of Monash, it will be good for our local kids, good for our hard-working families and ultimately for our community. It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they chose."

"The funds will support services in areas such as San Remo, Buln Buln, Nilma and Foster may need support to keep operating, or to fund capital projects to improve services and increase the number of places available."

Family access to quality child care

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said more than 640 child care services around Australia would share in more than $100 million through the program. "We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality child care, regardless of where they live or their circumstances," Minister Tudge said.

"In some remote areas, there may only be one or two child care services operating and it is critical we keep these open and help improve and expand facilities so more kids can attend. This program also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care."

Ensuring child care

Minister for Regional Education Bridget McKenzie said the CCCF would help ensure child care continued to be available for many families in Monash. "These grants will have tangible benefits for child care providers that will flow to local children and their families," Minister McKenzie said.

"It means more families in Monash can take advantage of our Child Care Subsidy if they choose to work, learn or volunteer." Including todays announcement, the Government has allocated more than $220 million to over 1,000 child care services through the Community Child Care Fund since 2018.

Supporting the family

The Morrison Government is investing around $10 billion in child care this year to support around 1 million families. Our Budget delivered further support to reduce the out of pocket costs for parents with multiple children aged under six in care and a commitment to a $2 billion preschool funding agreement for access to early learning for all children in the year before school.

Servicesin Monash

Services in Monash include:

Location Facility Budget / Funding
Bass Coast Shire, San Remo Bass Coast Family Day Care $315,000
Bass Coast Shire, Wonthaggi Wonthaggi Aquatic and Leisure Centre VC Program $47,250
Bass Coast Shire, Cowes Phillip Island Leisure Centre Vacation Care Program $47,250
Baw Baw Shire, Buln Buln Buln Buln Primary Combined OSHC $120,000
Baw Baw Shire, Neerim South Neerim South Primary Outside School Hours Care $120,000
Baw Baw Shire, Nilma Nilma Primary School OSHC $60,000
Baw Baw Shire,Trafalgar Trafalgar Primary School Before & After School Program & YMCA Victoria Trafalgar Holiday Program $46,242
Baw Baw Shire, Drouin Drouin Holiday Program $30,000
Latrobe Shire, Newborough Little Saints Early Learning Centre $267,000
South Gippsland Shire, Mirboo North Mirboo North Early Learning Centre (St Andrews) $350,000
South Gippsland Shire, Foster Prom Coast Centres for Children $197,000

More information on the Community Child Care Fund can be found on the community child care fund.

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