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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Extra child care places for NSW

Federal Minister for Community Services Larry Anthony today announced an increase in child care places for rural communities in New South Wales as part of the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to providing affordable, high quality child care services.

Mr Anthony said the Government’s National Child Care Strategy would provide an extra 87 long day care places through three child care services, to commence operating during 2000.

“The Federal Government aims to ensure that new child care funding is provided to those areas of greatest need, to help provide a long term sustainable child care sector,” said Mr Anthony.

“Long day care helps parents balance the demands of work and family and provide a caring environment in which children can develop their social skills and enjoy a range of recreational and educational activities.

The new services will receive $98,000 each year in operating grants. Eligible families will receive $266,000 annually in Childcare Assistance, with the Childcare Cash Rebate providing further help in meeting costs. Capital funding will be provided by the New South Wales Government under a joint funding arrangement.

Mr Anthony said improving access to child care was a priority for the Federal Coalition.

“For many families these new services will provide access to child care for the first time,” said Mr Anthony.

“These will be flexible services tailored to address child care problems unique to rural and remote families.”

Families who need more information can contact the Government’s Child Care Hotline on 1800 670 305.