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"Brighton facing a crisis in child care" - Macphee



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

SUITE 2 3 MALE STREET BRIGHTON. VIC. 3186 TEL. (03) 592 9777

IAN MACPHEE FEDERAL MEMBER FOR GOLDSTEIN SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

9 April 1985

"BRIGHTON FACING A CRISIS IN CHILD CARE" - MACPHEE

The Member for Goldstein, Mr Ian Macphee, said this week that Brighton was facing a crisis in child care, and that unless families under strain were assisted with suitable day care facilities the result could be family break-ups and child abuse.

Supporting a council application for $32,000 in federal funding for a family day care scheme, Mr Macphee said that Brighton was the only municipality in the Southern Region which did not have a family day care program.

"Brighton has the highest ratio of single parent families in > the south-eastern suburbs, and the need for a family day care scheme is urgent," he said.

"Furthermore, over 40 per cent of the Brighton workforce are women, and this figure increases to nearly 45 per cent for women aged 20 to 34 - the age-group most likely to have preĀ­ school children.

"Currently all private day-care centres in Brighton are full up and have long waiting lists.Despite the fact that the Sandringham and Caulfield family day care schemes have been able tp help a limited number of Brighton residents, far more places are needed than can be catered for."

Mr Macphee said it was estimated that a family day care scheme in Brighton would need to cater for the equivalent of up to 50 full-time care places within the first year. The major users of the scheme would be two-parent families where both parents worked, single-parent families, and families under strain.

The Social Services Manager of the City of Brighton, Mr Jon Morris, -said: "The need for a family day care scheme is particularly urgent to care for children under the age of three. As well, it is needed to provide a more flexible child care service, including

overnight and week-end care, as well as flexibility in style."

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