$183,400 awarded to regional child care providers
Part of $9.3m Royalties for Regions Regional Community Child Care Development Fund
Twenty grants of more than $183,000 would provide a welcome funding increase to community child care centres across regional Western Australia.
Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls have distributed grants - ranging from $1,300 to $10,000 - to 20 regional child care centres, in the latest round of funding.
Child care providers would use funding from the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund for a range of projects, including purchasing equipment, supplementing running costs and staff training and development.
Mrs McSweeney said child care centres were an integral part of the community and it was important these valuable services remained viable.
“These grants provide the means for centres to continue providing much-needed services to the community and improve staff conditions and training,” she said.
“We probably all know someone with a child in day care and know how important these services are to working families and the sustainability of regional communities.”
Mr Grylls said the $9.3million Regional Community Child Care Development Fund, funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, was continuing to give regional community child care providers the extra assistance they needed.
“Regional community child care services face particular challenges due to distance, isolation or lack of funds,” Mr Grylls said.
“This program is what Royalties for Regions is all about - providing additional investment to the State’s regional areas; supporting essential services for communities; and helping strengthen growth and development in the regions.”
Community Services Minister’s office - 6552 6500
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 5500