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Occasional Child Care funding for local region

September 17, 2012


Barmah, Merrigum, Murchison, Toolamba, Nagambie and Violet Town have all received Child Care Benefit funded Occasional Care places.
Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone supported the funding applications for this to happen, and is very pleased to see them succeed.
“The Take a Break program provided parents of pre school children with occasional child care” Dr Stone said. “The Commonwealth funded 55% of this program, but cut their contribution in 2010. The Victorian Government removed their funding portion last year and the program ended, however the need did not.
“Parents and the community across the local region and state wide began a concerted campaign to have the Federal and State Governments re instate the Take a Break program, or to fund occasional child care.
“Parents had been struggling to keep child care going through selling second hand toys and clothes and other fund raising activities. These had proved to be labour intensive with not much financial gain.
“For many small country towns, occasional child care can be the only form of child minding, so there is no alternative if it’s removed.
“Many farming families utilise the service while performing dangerous tasks they would prefer their little ones to be away from.
“Locals that are struggling can take advantage of its flexibility, using the service when they can afford it instead of having to lock in to a full time service.
“Local families may also receive further assistance with their child care fees through Child Care Benefit and Child Care Rebate when accessing child care places.
“The Goulburn Valley has been doing it tough. 10 years of drought was followed by 2 years of flood. This is a good news story, and I would urge all parents with small children to take advantage of the financial help.
“Congratulations to the communities that have the new places” Sharman Stone said. “It is a just reward for all the hard work to maintain part time child care.”


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