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Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Extra child care places for Queensland

Federal Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, today announced funding for an extra 970 outside school hours care places in Queensland.

Mr Anthony said ongoing funding of $487,116 had been made available to 36 vacation care and before and after-school care services over the next two financial years.

Additional funding had been made available as set up grants and to buy educational resources and play equipment

“These programs are specifically designed for school-age children and incorporate a range of educational and recreational activities, including sport, craft and music, in a supervised and safe environment,” Mr Anthony said.

“Providing quality care for children before and after school, and during school holidays, gives parents more choice and helps them balance the demands of work and family.

“The Government’s child care program provides access for families to the child care services that best suits their individual needs.”

Mr Anthony said Child Care Benefit, introduced on July 1, and offering improved assistance for families, was also available to eligible families accessing the places.

“More than 20,000 Queensland children aged between five and 12 years are currently enrolled in Commonwealth-funded outside school hours care programs,” Mr Anthony said.

“These extra places will provide more flexible childcare options for many Queensland families.”

Further information about child care may be obtained by phoning the Commonwealth Government’s Child Care Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.