- Regional Community Child Care Development Fund to receive one-off funding of $1.658 million to ensure regional communities have sustainable childcare services in the future
The McGowan Government has confirmed that regional education and care services in Western Australia will continue to receive support to build capacity and remain viable in the regions.
The support, which will be funded through the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund (RCCCDF), will see more than $1.65 million directed to key regional programs.
The funding will build on the strong outcomes already being delivered by the program which includes grants and regional strategies to promote sustainable community childcare.
The RCCCDF funding for 2017-18 was announced in the State Budget in September. Further announcements about specific regional funding components will be made in the coming weeks.
Comments attributed to Community Services and Women's Interests Minister Simone McGurk:
"The continuation of the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund is critical to addressing some of the unique issues faced by early childhood education and care services in regional Western Australia, including sustainability.
"We understand that accessible early childhood services are important for communities that are attractive places for Western Australians to live and work.
"They play a vital role in enabling care givers to participate in work or training and assist in improving developmental outcomes for pre-school age children.
"These services are especially vital if we are to encourage more women to return to the workforce after or while raising a family. Ensuring ongoing viability of community services such as childcare is essential for the local economy as well as families.
"The McGowan Government will continue to direct funding into the regions with the purpose of building the economy and creating jobs for local communities."
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