Media Release by The Hon Larry Anthony MP

Flexible child care for Grafton families

Page MP Ian Causely today brought Children and Youth Affairs Minister Larry Anthony to the South Grafton Multipurpose Child Care Centre to hear the views and aspirations of local families.

“With the changing nature of work and family life, the need for flexible child care has increased. Multipurpose centres like this one in Grafton are helping meet the individual needs of families,” Mr Anthony said.

“The South Grafton Multipurpose Child Care Centre, now operating at the New School of Arts Neighbourhood House, receives funding of more than $93,000 annually and can cater for up to 89 children.”

Mr Causley said services offered by the centre include Long Day Care, Occasional Care for 0-5 year olds, Vacation Care and After School care.

“By providing a range of services for children in the 0-5 age group and After School care for school age children, families can keep their children together at the same facility,” Mr Causley said.

Mr Anthony said the Howard/Anderson Government was committed to providing flexible, innovative child care. Multi-purpose centres, in-home care, mobile and on-farm care give families more options when considering their work and family commitments.

“The Coalition has a great record on child care. We have committed a record $6.7 billion for the next four years. There are currently record numbers of children using formal child care because we have made it affordable and accessible,” Mr Anthony said.

“Ian Causley has been a strong advocate for the people of Page to ensure they have access to high quality child care and first-rate facilities. The Coalition Government is committed to providing quality child care in rural and regional Australia.”

For more information on childcare families can call the Commonwealth Governments Child Care Access Hotline on 1800 670 305.