Childcare services to be expanded

Limestone Coast childcare centres will receive almost $700,000 in funding to provide additional services. Centres in Lucindale, Kingston, Keith, Penola and Allendale East will share in the funding from the Federal Government’s Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) which provides additional support to childcare services in rural, remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.

Penola’s McKay Children’s Centre will receive $178,500, with its Outside School Hours Care program allocated a further $28,000. Lucindale’s Balharry Memorial Kindergarten and the Kingston Early Learning centre will each receive $121,957, while the Keith War Memorial Community Centre Kindergarten and Allendale East Area School’s OSHC have each been allocated $120,000.

The funding announcement was welcomed by Member for Barker Tony Pasin, who said the funding would support vital childcare services in the region and help meet the needs of local families. “This funding will help our local childcare services remain sustainable, upgrade facilities and improve access to quality childcare,” Mr Pasin said. “Supporting local childcare services is good for our local 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 choose.”

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