JMR with Minister Tudge and Minister McKenzie

Twenty four local child care services in the Corangamite, Corio, Ballarat, Bendigo and Gorton electorates will receive an additional $2.5 million in funding from the Morrison Government to boost capacity and support more working parents.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said more than 640 child care services around Australia would share in more than $100 million Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) which helps improve access to child care and increase workforce participation.

“Access to high quality child care is vital to our society and the Morrison Government is investing in programs to improve capacity and services at facilities, allowing more families to be supported,” Senator Henderson said.

“I am delighted to announce the following local facilities are among those to benefit from this funding:

Corangamite

  • Apollo Bay Child Care Services received $180,000 to expand their centre based day care program
  • Lethbridge Community Centre received $105,000 for an outside school hours care program
  • Teesdale Primary School received $90,000 for an outside school hours care program
  • Inverleigh Occasional Care received $30,000 to expand their centre based day care program
  • Golden Plains Shire Family Day Care received a $60,000 grant towards sustainable management and expansion
  • Kelly Club received $31,000 in grants to support out of hours school care at Portarlington and St Leonards primary schools
  • Evolve Childcare at Grovedale received a $15,000 grant to support operations

Corio

  • Northern Bay College Early Learning Centre at Corio received $70,000 to expand their centre based day program
  • The Kelly Club received $33,000 for an outside school hours care program at Newcomb Park Primary School
  • The Kelly Club received $21,000 for an outside school hours care program at St Thomas Aquinas Primary School at Norlane

 Ballarat 

  • Green Leaves Early Learning Centre at Wendouree received a grant $100,000 to expand centre based care
  • YMCA Ballarat at Wendouree received $100,000 for an outside school hours care program for students from Our Lady Help of Christians school
  • Ballan Childcare Centre received $100,000 to expand services
  • Daylesford Family Daycare Centre received $75,000 to expand services

 Bendigo 

  • Bendigo Family Daycare received $315,000 to expand family day care services
  • Bug-A-Lugs Indoor Play Centre at Kyneton received $298,900 for capital works improvements and an outside school hours care program
  • Marong Primary School received $120,000 for an outside school hours care program
  • Castlemaine YMCA at Campbells Creek received $120,000 for an outside school hours care program
  • Malmsbury Primary School received $99,000 for an outside school hours care program
  • Huntly Primary School received $90,000 for an outside school hours care program
  • Tylden Primary School received $73,900 for an outside school hours care program
  • Lockwood South Primary School received $63,000 for an outside school hours care program.

 Gorton

  • Happy Childcare and Early Learning Centre at Melton South received $14,220 to expand services.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the funding is critical to keep regional child care facilities open to support hard working families.

“This program also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care,” Minister Tudge said.

Minister for Regional Education Bridget McKenzie said the CCCF would help ensure child care continued to be available for many families across Victoria.

“These grants will have tangible benefits for child care providers that will flow to local children and their families,” Minister McKenzie said.

“It means more families can take advantage of our Child Care Subsidy if they choose to work, study or volunteer.”

The Government has allocated more than $220 million to over 1,000 child care services through the Community Child Care Fund since 2018.

The Morrison Government is investing around $10 billion in child care this year to support around 1 million families. Our Budget delivered further support to reduce the out of pocket costs for parents with multiple children aged under six in care and a commitment to a $2 billion preschool funding agreement for access to early learning for all children in the year before school.

More information on the Community Child Care Fund can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

20 July 2021