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Day Care funding for Richmond and Croydon ... Budget boost for childcare.



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B2004/65 - Day Care funding for Richmond and Croydon ….Budget boost for childcare

Leader of The Nationals in the Senate, Senator Ron Boswell, today welcomed the allocation of more than $58,000 in Disadvantaged Area Subsidy funding to help families in Croydon and Richmond access quality, long day care.

The announcement follows this month’s federal budget that will provide $147.5 million in extra funding for more child care places to help Australian families balance their work and family commitments.

The budget child care measure includes an extra 30,000 Outside School Hours Care places, 1,500 more Family Day Care Places, and an additional $16.3 million over four years for the Child Care Support Program to establish new child care services in rural, regional and Indigenous communities and to assist children with additional needs to access quality child care.

Senator Boswell said the funding for Croydon and Richmond recognises the extra costs of providing child care in rural and remote areas and will be a real boost for families in these isolated and rural areas of Queensland.

“The Richmond Early Education Centre will receive $33,628 in funding and the Croydon Child Care Centre will receive $24,414 to help ensure ongoing access to quality child care for families in each region,” Senator Boswell said.

“In rural and regional areas, families often have fewer child care choices than their city counterparts, and it’s important that services in these areas are given additional support wherever possible.

“Many families living in isolated areas are often faced with situations when both parents need to be at work on the farm, or are required to travel long distances for work, and at times like these, easy access to quality child care is vital.

“Improving access to quality child care for families is a key priority of the Australian Government and this investment in child care services is good news for rural families.

“All Australian families, regardless of where they live, are entitled to affordable and quality child care services.”

To assist with the costs of childcare, families that use Australian government approved child care services can claim Child Care Benefit, Senator Boswell said.

More information about child care can be obtained by calling the national Child Care Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.

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