Funding boost for more childcare places

Childcare services in Toukley and Wyong will get a $568,000 boost to fund projects to improve services and increase the number of place available.

Learn To Play, Play To Learn Pty Ltd at Toukley will receive $45,000, Narnia Early Learning Young Parents at Wyong will receive $500,000 and Wyong Baptist Church Out of School Hours Care will receive $23,000.

The funding is provided under the Federal Government’s Community Child Care Funds which helps improve access to childcare and increase workforce participation in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.

“This funding will help local childcare services improve access to quality care, particularly in more disadvantaged parts of the Dobell electorate,” said Senator for NSW, representing Dobell, Jim Molan.

“It will be good for our local kids, good for our hard-working families and ultimately for our community,” Molan said.

“It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or to take additional hours if they choose to,” he said.

Minister for Regional Education, Bridget McKenzie, said the funding helped childcare services run initiatives that break down barriers which could otherwise prevent families from getting the childcare they needed.

“It means more families in Dobell could take advantage of the Child Care Subsidy if they chose to work, learn or volunteer,” she said.

Sue Murray