Eligible child care providers can now apply for funding to help break down barriers that may be preventing disadvantaged and vulnerable families accessing early learning services.
Nationals Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker said applications for the Government’s new $124 million Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) are open now and he urged all eligible local child care providers to apply.
“The CCCF open competitive grant is designed to improve child care participation and increase the availability of places particularly in many regional and remote communities,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“The CCCF will also assist these local child care services that may be experiencing financial viability issues.
“As I move around the Mid North Coast talking to mums they constantly raise the issues of the cost of child care and how it’s a major stumbling block to them re-entering the workforce, that’s why the Coalition is investing $2.5 billion into child care more broadly,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, released the program guidelines for the CCCF earlier this month, giving child care providers additional time to prepare for the opening of the grant round.
As part of the CCCF grant process, there will also be a restricted non-competitive grant round, in particular for Budget Based Funded services (including mobile services) transitioning to the new child care system, with details of this process to be provided next month.