Regional childcare centres receive more than $395,000 in grant funding
Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
Regional childcare centres across Western Australia will reap the benefits from the latest allocation of Liberal National Government funding.
Community Services Minister Tony Simpson today announced grants totalling $395,320 had been awarded to 10 regional organisations to strengthen the provision of local childcare.
"Educators in regional WA face different challenges to their metropolitan counterparts due to factors such as distance, isolation, reliance on volunteers or lack of funds," Mr Simpson said.
"The Regional Community Child Care Development Fund ensures quality childcare is provided to regional families by allowing services to focus on and improve their business models.
"Childcare services in the regions must look to the future to find innovative ways of ensuring their businesses are sustainable, and these grants help them achieve this."
Among the successful organisations to receive funding, Denmark Occasional Day Care Centre will use its $23,255 to undertake a feasibility study to assess the need and viability of expanding the facility.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said access to affordable childcare was an important consideration for young families when deciding whether or not to live in the regions.
"Quality childcare is critical to enable parents to participate in the workforce, but there are not always good options available in regional areas," Mr Redman said.
"Through programs like this, 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
|Albany Occasional Child Care Centre||Implementation of a strategic plan through a series of workshops to identify priorities, long-term objects and enhance governance and leadership capacity. ||$6,375||Great Southern|
|Denmark Occasional Day Care Centre||Engaging a consultant to undertake a feasibility study to assess needs and viability of expanding the facility. ||$23,255||Great Southern|
|Little Nuggets Early Learning Centre||Strengthening the sustainability of service through strategic planning, business and financial modelling, development of policies and procedures, information management and increasing IT capability. ||$23,000||Kimberley|
|Munchkin Manor Child Care Centre (Bunbury) ||Development of a 'living' business plan to assist the ongoing sustainability of the centre through the creation of mini-plans. ||$10,000||South-West|
|YMCA of Perth Inc. (Bunbury)||Provide professional development and training to early learning centre directors around key business management areas.||$24,975||South-West|
|City of Busselton||Review policies and procedures relating to vacation care programs. Project to include a population profile to determine demand for future programs, and development of a shared administration process and resources. ||$24,600||South-West|
|Investing In Our Youth (Bunbury) ||Develop and trial marketing strategies with three service groups which will be made available to the wider South-West education and care sector in the form of professional development and business tools. ||$45,295||South-West|
|Investing In Our Youth - The Pod Variation (Bunbury) ||Provision of support, resources and advocacy for service providers experiencing sustainability issues through the POD service which provides a health check tool, and follow-up mentoring and coaching. ||$86,000||South-West|
|Kidsafe Western Australia||Development of a set of safety guidelines to provide information on current safety regulations and legislation for the home environment - to be provided to family day care services throughout the State. ||$16,820||State-wide|
|Shire of Brookton||Conduct further investigations of individual services to gain an understanding of financial and operation capacity. Funding will also go towards redevelopment of Narrogin's regional children's service. ||$135,000||Wheatbelt |