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Child care places increased in Victoria

Victorian families will benefit from extra outside school hours care places announced today by the Federal Government.

The Federal Minister for Family Services, the Hon Judi Moylan MP, said she had approved the establishment of 21 new outside school hours care services in the State.

"Many families with school- aged children need child care before and after school and in holidays," the Minister said.

She said the new services would provide an extra 795 outside school hours care places from the beginning of the second term.

The programs will be funded at a cost of over $267,000 per year with an extra $79,810 to assist with set- up costs.

"This kind of child care is essential to working parents," Mrs Moylan said.

"And parents with children at school need care that bridges the gap between the start and the end of the day, and when parents start or finish work or study," she added.

In recent years, there has been a great demand for child care away from the family home.

This is largely the result of workforce changes and in particular the significant increase in the workforce participation of women with children.

School aged child care programs are operated by schools, local government and community groups.

Parents play a prominent role in their management and support and qualified care workers are employed to run activities for the children.

Further information:

Sandi Logan, Minister's office, 06 277 7240

Claire Sharry, Melbourne, 03 9285 8780