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36 child care places for New England.

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Sandy Macdonald National Party Senator for NSW 23 May 2003

36 Child care places for New England Thirty-six new In-home Child Care places and Family Day care places have been approved for Inverell District Family Services Inc, NSW Senator Sandy Macdonald announced today.

“Inverell District Family Services will receive an operational subsidy of $20,800 per annum, with three one-off establishment grants totalling $4,692 to provide 20 in-home child care places,” Senator Macdonald said.

“In addition, the organisation has also been allocated 16 Family Day care places for the district with a $16,640 operational subsidy.”

• 8 places for Inverell Shire,

• 6 places for Bingara Shire, and

• 2 places for Uralla Shire.

“Family Day care is provided in an experienced carer’s home and is primarily for children who have not yet started school,” Senator Macdonald said.

“In-home care is provided in the child’s own home and is designed to improve access for families who would otherwise not be able to use child-care services because they live in rural or remote areas, parents work shift-work or for families with a sick child.”

“Family day care and in-home child care are great options for many families who rely on these services to help them balance the demands of work and family.”

“This latest allocation demonstrates the Coalition Government’s commitment to providing child care places to areas with the highest need, which in turn helps to ensure a strong and viable child care sector.”

Senator Macdonald said families using child care services that are approved by the Commonwealth may be able to claim Child Care Benefits to assist with the cost of care.

For more information about child care, families can call the Federal Government’s National Child Care hotline on 1800 670 305.

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