Greens Senator for NSW Lee Rhiannon today announced that 466 childcare centres across the state will benefit from a package negotiated by the Greens that will release an additional $5million in federal funding for childcare services, from metropolitian Sydney to rural and regional areas of the State.
“The Greens have secured grants for 466 NSW childcare services in areas of disadvantage to help them make the transition to the new National Quality Framework. Around 1,000 centres will be assisted around Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said.
“Under the package, childcare centres will be able to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to assist those services to meet the new standards.
“These grants could be spent in various ways. Centres could employ relief staff while permanent staff undertake professional development training, invest in learning and play materials or update OH&S or other policies as required under the National Quality Standard.
“The new funding will help ensure children attending centres in disadvantaged areas receive the best possible education and care.
“Access to quality childcare is especially important for children from disadvantaged families to ensure that those children are not behind the eight ball when they start primary school.
“The Greens are excited to be able to help families provide the best possible start for their kids,” Senator Rhiannon said.
Electorates in NSW covered by the funding arrangements are: Banks, Barton, Blaxland, Calare, Chifley, Cowper, Farrer, Fowler, Grayndler, Hughes, Hume, Hunter, Lyne, Macarthur, McMahon, New England, Page, Parkes, Parramatta, Reid, Riverina, Watson and Werriwa.
Child care centres in every state and territory are included in the deal: NSW 466 centres, QLD 206, VIC 142, SA 81, TAS 63, WA 20, ACT/NT 18.