Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Hon Tony Simpson MLA

Former Minister for Local Government; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Youth

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Childcare funding boost for regions

    21/07/2016 7:00 AM
    • 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."


    Fact File

    • For more information on fund grants, visit http://www.dlgc.wa.gov.au  
    • Royalties for Regions promotes and facilitates economic, business and social development in regional WA for the benefit of all West Australians 

    Community Services Minister's office - 6552 6600

    Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700


    Regional Community Child Care Development Fund - Grant recipients


    Organisation Name Project Amount Region
    Albany Occasional Child Care CentreImplementation of a strategic plan through a series of workshops to identify priorities, long-term objects and enhance governance and leadership capacity.  $6,375Great Southern
    Denmark Occasional Day Care CentreEngaging a consultant to undertake a feasibility study to assess needs and viability of expanding the facility. $23,255Great Southern
    Little Nuggets Early Learning CentreStrengthening the sustainability of service through strategic planning, business and financial modelling, development of policies and procedures, information management and increasing IT capability. $23,000Kimberley
    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. $10,000South-West
    YMCA of Perth Inc. (Bunbury)Provide professional development and training to early learning centre directors around key business management areas.$24,975South-West
    City of BusseltonReview 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. $24,600South-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. $45,295South-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. $86,000South-West
    Kidsafe Western AustraliaDevelopment 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. $16,820State-wide
    Shire of BrooktonConduct 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. $135,000Wheatbelt


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