Funding for Childcare in the Wheatbelt
April 10, 2018 at 1:36 PM
Childhood development, employment opportunities and economic prosperity will be improved with the announcement of the Regional Early Education and Development Inc (REED) organisation.
Joint funding between the State Government, Regional Community Childcare Development Fund and Lotterywest has allowed this organisation to come to fruition, and will enable community-based centres to merge under a single banner.
For almost a decade, the sustainability of childcare services in the Wheatbelt region has been a challenge, despite Commonwealth, State and local government financial support.
This investment will ensure childcare services:
- Continue to be provided across the Wheatbelt region for the benefit of children and their families and local businesses; and
- Are sustainable and can continue to deliver high-quality programs, which contribute to children’s development in their critical early years.
The Regional Community Child Care Development Fund is funded by Royalties for Regions.
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has stated “Regional communities have made it clear that access to childcare is critically important to retaining young families in the regions and increasing the participation of women in regional economies. This is a good investment of Royalties for Regions funding, helping to strengthen workforce participation in the Wheatbelt.”
Community Services Minister Simone McGurk said: “Childcare services generate and support local jobs. They facilitate economic development and jobs growth by supporting parents to re-enter the workforce while raising their children. Childcare services can often be a factor in a family’s decision to either relocate or stay in a rural community and that’s why we’re pleased to support the development of services that are both sustainable and meet local needs.”
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