Funding for critical Child Care services in New England

27th Jul 2021

The Guyra Preschool and Long Daycare Centre will share in over $2 million in Federal Government funding allocated to the electorate of New England to help meet the needs of families. They will receive a $150,000 capital component and $300,000 sustainability component for Centre-based Day Care activities in Guyra.
Deputy Prime Minister and Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce has welcomed the allocation of an additional $2.367 million to support vital regional child care services and help meet the needs of local families.
Mr Joyce said 19 services will receive funding through the Federal government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) which helps improve access to child care and increase workforce participation in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.
“The funding will help local child care services improve access to quality care, particularly in more rural parts of the New England electorate,” Mr Joyce said.
“It will be good for our kids, good for our hard-working families and ultimately for our community. It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they chose,” Mr Joyce said.
“The funds will support services in areas such as Guyra, Glen Innes, Tenterfield, Uralla, Kootingal, Nundle and the Upper Hunter that may need support to keep operating, or to fund capital projects to improve services and increase the number of places available.
Minister for Regional Education, Senator Bridget McKenzie said the CCCF would help ensure child care continued to be available for many families in New England.
“These grants will have tangible benefits for child care providers that will flow to local children and their families. It means more New England families can take advantage of our child care subsidy if they choose to work, learn or volunteer.” Senator McKenzie said.