$2 million for south-west childcare services

South-west childcare services will share in more than $2 million from the Abbott government, member for Wannon Dan Tehan has announced.

Dan Tehan: boost to local childcare services.   140214AM25 Picture: ANGELA MILNE

Dan Tehan: boost to local childcare services. 140214AM25 Picture: ANGELA MILNE

The Corangamite Shire will receive $30,000 which will go towards services in Lake Bolac, Skipton, Glenormiston, Derrinallum, Lismore, The Sisters, Port Campbell and Ecklin.

“The government supports mobile childcare providers servicing regional, remote, rural, disadvantaged and indigenous communities through its budget based funded (BBF) program,” Mr Tehan said.

“(We’re) committed to ensuring Australian families have access to affordable, flexible, high quality childcare no matter where they live. 

“These mobile services do a fantastic job supporting communities where access to permanent childcare services, let alone places, is not always available. 

“They provide local communities with a broad range of services such as playgroups, vacation care, on-farm care, parenting support and toy and DVD-lending libraries.”

Funding grants up to $130,000 are being handed out to 44 mobile services depending on their size and need, with an emphasis being placed on the care of children.

“The funding grants are designed to help mobile services with the cost of upgrading their vehicle, training staff and buying new educational equipment such as books, DVDs and toys,” Mr Tehan said.

“Having a reliable and safe vehicle will allow these services to focus their time, money and energy on high-quality education and care,” the Wannon MP said.

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