Local MP Sussan Ley today announced new financial support for seven local childcare providers located across the Farrer electorate.

According to Ms Ley the Morrison Government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) is designed to improve access to care and increase workforce participation, particularly in regional and remote communities.

“This funding is good for working families and ultimately for each community, by allowing more local parents the opportunity to get back into work or take on additional hours if they choose.”

Successful applications were marked against three levels of need* to assist with their care programs, and included centres at…

• Balranald Early Learning Centre – $264,068
• Hay Children’s Services – $196,990
• Western Riverina Family Day Care – $195,000 (Griffith)
• Berrigan Children’s Centre Association Incorporated – $166,200
• Albury Family Day Care -$147,000
• Kiddiewinks Early Learning & Care Centre – $100,000 (Lavington)
• Bright Horizons Childcare – $15,000 (Narrandera)

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said more than 640 childcare services around Australia would share in more than $100 million through the program.

“We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality childcare, regardless of where they live or their circumstances,” Minister Tudge said.

*Sustainability Support: helping eligible childcare services operating in areas of limited supply improve the viability and sustainability of their service
Community Support: helping eligible childcare services to work with other organisations and families to identify and address community level barriers to childcare participation. The engagement must ultimately result in increased childcare participation
Capital Support: helping eligible childcare services by contributing towards the cost of modifying, renovating, extending or building childcare facilities (‘capital works’). These capital works must result in more childcare places in areas where there is unmet demand

More information on the Community Child Care Fund is available here.