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Greens secure grants for child care centres to help lift standards

Media Release
Sarah Hanson-Young 25 Aug 2011

The Australian Greens have secured $5m from the Federal Government to help around 1,000 of the most disadvantaged child care centres around the country transition to the incoming National Quality Framework.

"As this framework will inevitably lead to increased costs as centres upgrade their standards, the deal ensures that particular families will not miss out," Greens' early childhood education and care spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"Centres will receive up to $5,000 each which can be use to hire temporary staff while permanent staff do training courses, update their OH&S requirements or buy play materials for children which relate to meeting the new standards.

"The disadvantaged centres were identified by the SEIFA (Socio Economic Indexes For Areas) method.

"This new money comes after the Greens earlier this year were successful in getting the government to make child care rebate payments fortnightly. Before, rebates were paid in quarterly instalments.

"The change makes it easier for parents to plan their household budgets."

Child care centres in every state and territory are included in the deal - (NSW 466 centres, QLD 206, VIC 142, SA 81, TAS 63, WA 20, ACT/NT 18).

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