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Greens’ scheme gives childcare centres a chance to grow

Media Release
Sarah Hanson-Young 14 Aug 2013

The childcare sector is facing a critical lack of available places, with parents facing an uphill battle just to get their children into care.

Today the Greens’ have announced a capital grants fund that would see $200 million rolled out to community and not-for-profit centres over four years, increasing the number of available places.

“Families from around the country are struggling to find the affordable, flexible childcare that they need,” the Greens’ childcare spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“The Greens understand that parents are doing it tough and that the childcare sector requires support if it is going to meet the needs of the community.

“With a priority to fund centres in high need areas, a capital grants fund would help not-for-profits and community centres overcome the initial difficulty of securing capital loans.”

The Greens have also released the results of their parents’ childcare poll today. More than 1000 mums and dads from around the country took part in the poll, which shows high childcare fees and a lack of availability are real concerns for Australian families.

“What this poll shows is that the looming crisis in the childcare sector needs to be addressed, and that it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

“Waiting lists of up to two years long are keeping parents from enrolling their children into care, but the Greens know that there is a better way.

“This capital grants fund is just one way that Greens want to see the pressure taken off of parents and the childcare sector.”

 

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