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Boost for school age care programs in Tasmania.

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Senator Jocelyn Newman

Minister for Family & Community Services

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women


21 February 2000


Tasmanian families with school aged children will benefit from an additional $29,000, to assist school aged care programs throughout the state, Federal Minister for Family and Community Services, Senator Jocelyn Newman said today.

"This funding will enable the Lady Gowrie Child Centre and the Tasmanian Association of Children's Services to undertake a project to provide support and enhance the profile of the outside school hours care sector," Senator Newman said.

"Some of the project activities will include examining sponsorship models including rural and remote service models, supporting new and established management committees, identifying resource and training gaps, and developing support strategies to enable services to deliver viable quality services.

"The project will assist workers and management committees to run successful programs that provide safe and stimulating environments for children from 5 to13 years.

"A project officer will be employed to support programs throughout the state and provide ideas for quality care and effective management."

Senator Newman said that since 1996 there had been substantial growth in the school aged care sector in Tasmania.

"Families throughout the state recognise the value of the before and after school care and the holiday programs that are available," Senator Newman said.

"This funding highlights the Federal Government's ongoing commitment to providing a high level of support to school aged care programs."

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