Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Hon Brendon Grylls MLA

Former Minister for Housing; Racing and Gaming

Funding boost for regional childcare providers

6/08/2012 12:00 AM
 
  • $300,000 in operational grants awarded to regional childcare providers
  • Grants part of $9.3million Regional Community Child Care Development Fund
Community childcare providers in regional Western Australia are set to benefit from the first round of operational grants released under the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund.

Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said $300,000 in operational grants would offer immediate support to regional education and care providers, who often faced challenges due to distance, isolation, their reliance on volunteers or lack of funds.

The grants cover operational expenses such as improvements to administration systems; professional development and training; information technology; and governance requirements.

Mrs McSweeney said the first grants had been awarded to services in high community need.

“The grants ensure the long-term viability of quality childcare for families in the regions,” she said.

“Access to quality childcare is fundamental to building strong, vibrant communities.”

Mr Grylls said the $9.3million Regional Community Child Care Development Fund, funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program,  would give community childcare providers in the regions the extra assistance they needed to remain viable.

“This ensures families in regional communities have access to quality childcare so they can undertake work, training, education and other opportunities,” Mr Grylls said.

“I am proud to see Royalties for Regions supporting essential services and contributing to the growth and development of our regions.”
 
      Fact File
  • Regional Community Child Care Development Fund runs for four years
  • Grants funded through State Government’s Royalties for Regions
  • Grants administered by Department for Communities
  • List of grant recipients attached
  • For more information, visit http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6500
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 5500