Joint Media Release with Minister For Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Northern Territory families are set for more support to access early childhood education and care, backed by new funding from the Coalition Government.
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today welcomed the support for much needed local child care and early learning services.
“The Coalition Government is providing vital funding for 43 child care and early learning services in the Northern Territory delivering added security and support for local families,” Senator Scullion said.
“I am pleased to announce that around $50.9 million to 2022-23 will go to child care and early learning services in the Northern Territory through the Coalition Government’s new Community Child Care Fund (CCCF).
“I welcome this funding commitment, given how challenging it can be to provide quality, reliable care outside of the major metropolitan centres.
“This funding support is good news for Territory families and its good news for local services, like Alice Springs Family Day Care Inc., Berry Springs Community Outside School Care, Clyde Fenton Primary School After School Care in Katherine, Wadeye Child Care Centre, Umbakumba Creche and Nhulunbuy Outside School Hours Care.
“It will ensure local services are sustainable and deliver for our community, helping to overcome some of the unique challenges that child care services in the city don’t face, such as attracting and retaining qualified staff.”
Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the new targeted CCCF is a key part of the Turnbull Government’s $2.5 billion reforms, which will help ensure child care is more affordable for those families who need it most, while giving vulnerable children a strong start in life.
“We want to help these valuable child care and early learning services take advantage of the Turnbull Government’s broader overhaul of the system to help us deliver more support for more families,” Minister Birmingham said.
“We recognise that Budget Based Funded services in particular often operate in remote and Indigenous communities and face unique circumstances, which is why we’ve guaranteed them a specific funding within the CCCF.
“This is a win for the many hard-working families who live in communities where access to quality, reliable child care is not always guaranteed.
Minister Birmingham said the switchover to the Turnbull Government’s new child care and early learning system starts on 2 July 2018, but urged families not to wait to the last minute to take action.
Details about the Community Child Care Fund are available: https://www.education.gov.au/community-child-care-fund-0
NT child care centres funding under the Community Child Care Fund:
|Ali Curung Creche|
|Alice Springs Family Day Care Inc.|
|Ampe Kenhe Apmere (Congress Child Care Centre)|
|Atitjere JET CrechE|
|Barunga Community Creche|
|Berry Springs Community Outside School Care|
|Clyde Fenton Primary School After School Care|
|Emu Point Community Creche|
|Galiwinku Community Child Care Centre|
|Gap Youth and Community Centre Aboriginal Corporation|
|Haasts Bluff (Ikuntji)|
|Jirnani Child Care Centre|
|Laramba Child Care Centre|
|Mount Liebig (Watiyawanu)|
|Mutitjulu Community – Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Limited|
|Na Wulg Wulg Family Care Service|
|Nauiyu Nambiyu Childcare Centre|
|Nhulunbuy Outside School Hours Care|
|Nyirripi JET Creche|
|Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Apurte)|
|Seagrass Early Learning|
|Uulomoo Creche (Daguragu/Kalkarinddji)|
|Wadeye Child Care Centre|
|Wugularr (Beswick) Creche|
|Yera Child Care Centre|
|Yipirinya Child Care Centre|
|Yirrkala Child Care Centre|
|Yuelamu JET Creche|
|Yulara Multifunctional Child Care Centre|
|Yulara Outside School Hours Care|
|Bagot Outside School Hours Care Program|