Regional childcare centres receive more than $216,000 in grant funding
Made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program
A Liberal National Government funding injection will allow childcare providers to further improve on the quality of facilities, education and care for children in regional Western Australia.
Community Services Minister Tony Simpson today announced 19 regional childcare providers would benefit from $216,519 in grants through the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund (RCCCDF), made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
"The Government is committed to ensuring people in the regions have access to quality childcare services in order that families have the same opportunities to thrive as in the metropolitan area," Mr Simpson said.
"We know childcare services in the regions require extra support to improve their amenities and ensure they are sustainable.
"This funding ensures the continuation of these services and allows organisations to host professional development sessions for staff, improve information technology systems and facilities, and support operational expenses and capital equipment purchases."
Recipients in this latest round include the Gnowangerup Family Support Association, which will use the funds to build a nature play park, including new learning mediums such as sustainable furniture and multicultural resources.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment would strengthen and innovate current models of community-managed childcare services in regional Western Australia.
"Quality childcare options are critical to enable parents to participate in the workforce and are a key factor for young families deciding to live in our regions," Mr Redman said.
"Royalties for Regions is improving the quality of life for local residents to ensure regional WA remains vibrant and sustainable for future generations."
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Regional Community Child Care Development Fund - Grant Recipients
Hopetoun Community Childcare Centre (Goldfields) - $11,167
Shire of Ravensthorpe (Goldfields) - $5,250
Gnowangerup Family Support Association (Great Southern) - $15,000
Kojonup Occasional Care Centre (Great Southern) - $7,500
Little Nuggets Early Learning Centre (Kimberley) - $15,000
City of Greater Geraldton (Mid-West) - $15,000
Kalbarri Occasional Child Care Centre (Mid-West) - $7,500
Northampton Child Care Association (Mid-West) - $13,000
Shire of Perenjori (Mid-West) - $14,940
City of Bunbury (South-West) - $14,948
College Community Child Care Centre (South-West) - $15,000
Harvey Occasional Childcare Centre (South-West) - $13,166
Milligan House Child Care Centre (South-West) - $14,826
YMCA of Perth Inc - Bunbury Early Learning Centre (South-West) - $15,000
Bruce Rock Day Care Centre (Wheatbelt) - $12,450
The Fluffy Ducklings Day Care (Wheatbelt) - $12,500
Goomalling Gumnuts Inc (Wheatbelt) - $4,772
Shire of Moora (Wheatbelt) - $3,000
Wongan Cubbyhouse (Wheatbelt) - $6,500