Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Extra Child Care Places For Tasmania

Funding of more than $167,000 for an extra 290 outside school hours care places in Tasmania was announced today by Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony.

The funding, through the Federal Government’s National Growth Strategy for children aged five to 12 years, will be shared between seven child care services across the state.

“Improving access to high quality child care is a Federal Government priority,” Mr Anthony said.

This initiative, which includes ongoing funding of more than $80,000 in Childcare Assistance for families, will give working families access to subsidised child care when schools are not operating.

“Many Tasmanian parents will be able to receive Childcare Assistance for the first time using these services,” Mr Anthony said.

“The Childcare Rebate will further help families meet the costs of formal care.”

Minister Anthony said that parents deserved choices when they were balancing the demands of work and family, and additional places meant affordable, quality and accessible child care services.

“The extra funding displays the Federal Government’s on-going commitment to provide all families with access to excellent childcare facilities,” he said.

“Our child care program promotes equal access for all families to the child care service which best suits their individual needs.”