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More Local Children to Access Childcare thanks to Federal Gov’t $2.5billion Funding Increase

Thursday, 21 September 2017

More Local Children to Access Childcare thanks to Federal Gov’t $2.5billion Funding Increase
While visiting Belmont Goodstart Early Learning Bonner MP Ross Vasta and the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham were thanked for encouraging more local children into early education.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said it was great to visit Belmont and hear how parents are using the online estimator to see how much better off they are going to be under the Federal Government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF).

“The focus of the CCCF is ensuring that access and viability aren’t barriers for child care and early learning,” Minister Birmingham said.
“We’re committing $124 million each year through the CCCF to reduce the barriers in accessing child care, particularly for vulnerable families in disadvantaged communities. Eligible child care services will be able to apply for supplementary funding to support their operations, which will particularly help services that may be experiencing viability issues.”

Belmont Goodstart Director Amanda Underwood says the Federal Government’s $2.5billion boost to childcare has already had a direct impact on families in the area.

“This additional funding will benefit children greatly. Families in the area are already enquiring about accessing additional days of education for their children.”

Local MP Ross Vasta said early education is vital for all children and no one should be missing out.

“Investing in early education is an investment in the future of this country.”

“Making sure every single child has access to early education is a key goal for the Coalition government,” said Mr Vasta.

The CCCF is one part of the Turnbull Government’s $2.5 billion additional investment into child care and early learning and broader reforms to the system that will:

• Better target subsidies to people working more hours and to those earning lower incomes
• Abolish the cap on child care subsidies for all low and middle income Australians
• Put downward pressure on incessant fee increases with an hourly fee cap
• Slash red tape so services can be more flexible in the hours they offer
• Deliver stronger compliance powers to ensure taxpayer funds aren’t abused

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