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NBN training kit for the early childhood sector

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Campaign Media Release

Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband Ed Husic

Candidate for Longman Michael Caisley


Small to medium businesses and non profit organisations in the early childhood sector will soon be able to access tailored advice on how to build their businesses using the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Parliamentary Secretary for Broadband, Ed Husic and Labor candidate for Longman, Michael Caisley today visited a child care centre in Caboolture to announce a $500,000 grant for Early Childhood Australia (ECA) to develop a digital business kit to enable the sector get online and use the NBN to drive productivity.

Mr Husic said that for Australian businesses to take full advantage of the NBN they needed information about how leading small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their industry or sector were using the internet and online tools.

“Small businesses across all sectors will benefit from the NBN’s fast, reliable and affordable broadband.”

ECA CEO Samantha Page said her organisation had identified significant potential for the NBN and high speed broadband to support the sector.

“Our aim in this project is to support and enhance the early childhood sector to utilise the NBN to effectively deliver programs and connect with families who use their services.

“This project will provide useful resources and support for private, non profit and local government organisations in early childhood.”

Labor candidate for Longman, Michael Caisley welcomed the grant and tailored advice it would provide to early education providers across Longman.

“The kit will ensure local business are aware of the productivity benefits from superfast, affordable and reliable broadband,” Mr Caisley said.

“Federal Labor is delivering superfast, affordable and reliable broadband, but Mr Abbott will cut down the National Broadband Network and leave you with clapped out copper wires unless you pay through the nose.”

The digital business kit for early childhood businesses will include information for all early childhood services including long day care, family day care and out of school hours care services about how to obtain qualifications online. It will include virtual tours of education and childcare centres for children and families and options for digital collaboration and communication with families and other childcare-related services.

ECA will conduct large scale email and social media campaigns to raise awareness of the kit and it will be regularly updated to incorporate new ways of making use of the NBN as these emerge in the sector.

The Rudd Government is providing a total of $5 million to develop digital business kits for 10 industry sectors. The NBN has the potential to help turbo charge innovation in the social services sector, particularly in the area of communication and fundraising.

Funding for this project is already included in the budget.


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