Title Specialist staff for Hunter child care centres
Database Press Releases
Date 23-12-1992
Source Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services
Author STAPLES, Peter
Citation Id HPR02007975
Speech No
System Id media/pressrel/HPR02007975

Specialist staff for Hunter child care centres

Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services Hon. Peter Staples M.P.


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Parliament House, Canberra Phone (06) 277 7220 Fax (06) 273 4146

23 December 1992 PS503/92


A trial initiative offering specialised advice and support to commercial and employer-provided child care centres in the Hunter region is to be extended for a second year with the announcement today of extra Federal Government funding.

The Federal Minister for Aged, Family and Health Services, Peter Staples, said the Ethnic Communities Council would receive $84,830 to continue employing specialist workers to provide training and advice to local child care centres.

Mr Staples said the workers would help staff develop programs focusing on the needs of children with a disability as well as those of an Aboriginal or non-English speaking background.

"Children who have a disability often require specialised care because of certain physical barriers," Mr Staples said. "Likewise children of an Aboriginal or non-English speaking background can face cultural barriers.

"By employing staff with the skills and experience to meet the needs of these children, the Federal Government is helping to provide families whatever their circumstances or background with access to a high quality child care service."

Mr Staples said the funding was part of a $2.6 million Australia-wide package which would provide specialist services to commercial centres similar to those available in Government-funded centres.

"This initiative complements the Federal Government's decision to provide fee relief to parents whose children attend commercial child care centres," he said.

"It will give child care workers the opportunity to develop a better understanding and expertise in caring for children with special needs and to more supportively integrate them into the routines and programs of mainstream centres."

Mr Staples said the initiative would operate on a trial basis until the end of July 1993, with further expansion subject to an evaluation.

Contacts: Glen Turner (02) 225 3810

Mark Flynn (02) 225 3680

Portfolio of Health, Housing and Community Services