Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, today welcomes the allocation of an additional $1.4 million to support vital childcare services in the region and help meet the needs of local families.
Mr Drum said 17 services in the Nicholls electorate would receive funding through the Federal Government’s Community Childcare Fund (CCCF), which is designed to improve access to childcare and increase workforce participation in remote, regional, and disadvantaged communities.
Mr Drum said the local childcare services to receive funding – which totalled $1,365,483 – stretched from Pyalong in the south to Cobram in the north and everywhere in between.
“This funding will be good for our kids, good for our hard-working families, and, ultimately, good for our communities,” Mr Drum said.
“It will have a positive economic benefit by allowing more parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they choose.
“These funds will assist services in areas that may need support to keep operating, or to fund capital projects to improve services, and increase the number of places available.
“This program also helps providers run initiatives that reduce barriers that may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care.”
Minister for Education and Youth, Alan Tudge, said around 640 childcare services across Australia would share in more than $100 million through the program.
“We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality childcare, regardless of where they live or their circumstances,” Mr Tudge said.
“In some remote areas, there may only be one or two childcare services operating and it is crucial we keep these open and help improve and expand facilities so more kids can attend.”
Minister for Regional Education, Bridget McKenzie, said the CCCF would help ensure childcare continued to be available for many families in Nicholls.
“These grants will have tangible benefits for childcare providers that will flow to local children and their families,” Ms McKenzie said.
Taking into account this funding announcement, the Federal Government has allocated more than $220 million to over 1000 childcare services through the Community Childcare Fund since 2018.
The Federal Government is investing around $10 billion in childcare this year to support around one million families.
More information on the CCCF can be found here.