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The Hon Maxine McKew MP

Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care 29 July, 2008

Media Release

Census of Child Care Services

Earlier this month the Rudd Government published data from the 2006 Australian Government Census of

Child Care Services on the Office of Early Childhood Education and Child Care website.

The Census has been conducted regularly since 1986 and is the most comprehensive data available on

Australian Government approved and supported child care services.

The Census provides details of child care users, staff and carers and operational details of child care services

and is used extensively for monitoring growth in the sector and assisting in policy formulation and planning.

Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care, Maxine McKew said the increasing

reliance of working families on child care indicated the need to ensure accessibility, quality, greater

transparency and affordability.

"The Rudd Government understand that a child’s early years are critically important to their long-term

development, health and well-being," said Ms McKew.

"The Government is investing $2.4 billion over five years in early childhood to ensure working Australian

families can access quality, affordable child care and children get the best possible start to life."

The Government is investing $114.5 million over the next four years to establish 38 child care centres,

including six autism-specific centres. This measure is the first phase of the Government’s commitment to

establish 260 child care centres.

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The Rudd Government is investing $1.6 billion over four years to help working families meet higher costs of

living by increasing the Child Care Tax Rebate (CCTR) from 30 to 50 per cent of out of pocket costs and by

paying the rebate quarterly.

The Government is investing $22.2 million over four years to develop rigorous new quality national standards

for child care and preschool.

Over the next five years, the Rudd Government will invest $533.5 million to provide all Australian children,

including Indigenous children living in remote communities, with access to affordable early learning

programs delivered by a qualified teacher for 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year in the year before formal

schooling.

Other initiatives include:

z $126.6 million for a National Early Years Workforce Strategy;

z $32.5 million over five years to roll out the Home Interaction Program to 50 disadvantaged

communities across Australia; z $23.9 million over four years to extend the Jobs, Education and Training Child Care Fee Assistance to

cover two years of approved study; z $20.2 million (including existing funding of $2.8 million) over five years to roll out the Australian Early

Development Index (AEDI) nationally; and z $2.5 million in 2008-09 for the development of an Early Years Learning Framework.

Together these new investments are aimed at meeting the Government’s commitment to creating an affordable, accessible and high quality early childhood education for all Australian families.

The Australian Government Census of Child Care is available here

Media Contact:

media@deewr.gov.au

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