Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

1500 New child care places for QLD

Queensland families will benefit from over $780,000 in Federal Government funding for 1,500 new outside school hours care places, Minister for Community Services, Larry Anthony, said today.

“The new places will be spread across 60 before and after school care programs and vacation care programs in Queensland, as well as funding for educational resources and play equipment.

“These new places will be a real bonus for families in Queensland who are balancing the demands of work and family life. These places will give parents and families the opportunity to take up further education, work or to become more involved with their community.

“Vacation care and before and after school care programs meet the educational and recreational needs of school age children in safe, supervised environments.

“The Coalition Government has spent $4.3 billion on child care over the last four year – 30 per cent more than Labor’s last four years. We have also committed an unprecedented $6 billion for the next four years.

“Child care costs have also come down by 8.7 per cent over the last year.

“This funding is the latest demonstration of the Coalition Government’s commitment to providing quality and affordable child care,” Mr Anthony said.

Families using the services would be able to claim Child Care Benefit to assist with the cost of care.

For more information about child care, families can call the Commonwealth Government’s national Child Care Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.