A $100,000 State Government grant will provide childcare service providers in the State's South-West with access to extra support, resources and advocacy.
Community Services Minister Tony Simpson said the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund grant would enable community organisation 'Investing In Our Youth' to help service providers experiencing sustainability issues.
"Childcare services in regional Western Australia face unique challenges and may require extra support to improve and maintain their viability," Mr Simpson said.
"The Government believes location should not make any difference to being able to access quality care.
"This is a significant investment in childcare in the South-West region, and will improve outcomes for children attending services in the long term."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the grants would provide strategic support to facilitate the sustainability of regional childcare centres.
"The fund is responsive to the needs of young families living in rural and regional areas," Mr Redman said.
"This is an attractive benefit for families deciding to live in regional Western Australia and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions investing in the sustainability of our regions."
Investing In Our Youth will use the grant to work with childcare centres to build their governance capacity and improve financial management through ongoing mentoring and coaching and the provision of a 'health check tool'.
Other organisations receiving grants include:
- Shire of Katanning - $14,100 to undertake a feasibility study for a sustainable business model for Katanning Community Child Care Centre
- Shire of Plantagenet - $20,425 to undertake a feasibility study to assess the needs and viability of the current early education and care centre.
Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700