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$350 million to improve the quality of care for all children

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Tuesday 12 June 2012 Media Release

The Hon Kate Ellis MP [link:/ellis]

• Minister for Employment Participation • Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care

Early childhood educators and carers will be able to help all children, regardless of where they live or their background, to get the highest quality care thanks to new Australian Government grants that help make sure all children are included and supported in child care.

For a range of reasons including language and cultural differences or disability, it’s not always easy to ensure all of the children in a child care service are being included in a way which supports their social and educational development.

That’s why the Australian Government is providing $350 million to 39 child care training organisations across the country to help child care staff learn even more about how to support these children and give them the best start in life.

Minister for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Kate Ellis today announced the Inclusion and Professional Support Program grants — which roll out from the start of 2013 — while visiting Toombul Early Childhood Centre in Queensland, which will be supported with a grant through UnitingCare Community.

“With Inclusion and Professional Support Program, all Australian Government approved child care services — regardless of location — can get professional development for staff so they can better support all the children in their care, particularly those with extra needs,” Ms Ellis said.

“A focus of the program is ensuring children from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous children, children with disability and children from culturally and linguistically diverse background get the most out of, and enjoy their time in childcare.”

Inclusion and Professional Support Program is delivered by state and territory based Professional Support Coordinators, Indigenous Professional Support Units and Inclusion Support Agencies in 67 regions across Australia.

“Because of the competitive selection process, which attracted over 230 applications, we have a good mix of providers that will ensure stability and quality for the early childhood education and care sector,” Ms Ellis said.

“The Inclusion and Professional Support Program will also help services to meet the requirements of the National Quality Framework we introduced this year to ensure nationally consistent, high-quality care for all children.”

The list of successful applicants is available from: [link:]

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