Grants totalling more than $145,000 will increase the sustainability of regional child care centres across Western Australia.
Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls today announced the approval of 15 grants worth $145,378 to be distributed to regional child care providers.
Mrs McSweeney said quality care for children was vital to help parents to return to work or attend education and training opportunities.
“The State Government wants to build strong, vibrant communities and this requires accessible and quality child care, which is an essential service for families and vital for the sustainability of regional communities,” she said.
The 15 organisations were successful under the fourth round of operational grants provided by the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund. The operational grants are designed to offer immediate support to child care services at risk of closure or located in areas of high community need.
Mr Grylls said the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program provided $9.3million to the fund, which continued to give regional community child care providers the assistance they needed.
“Regional child care services faced particular challenges because of distance, isolation or lack of funds,” he said.
“These grants, supported through the Government’s Royalties for Regions program, will ensure parents in regional areas have access to quality community child care.”
The grant funding can help child care providers with upgrading information technology or providing administrative support and professional development for staff.
For details of the grant program, log on to http://www.communities.wa.gov.au
Liberal-National Govt provided $3.1m to establish Education and Care Regulatory Unit
Responsible for assessing/monitoring child care providers
$7.5m committed to upgrading child care, family and neighbourhood centres
List attached of grant recipients
Community Services Minister’s office - 6552 6500