Childcare services in Dimboola, Nhill, Warracknabeal, and Horsham are among 14 across the Mallee to receive funding under a federal funding program.

Dr Anne Webster MP said that this funding will help local child care services improve access to quality care, particularly in more rural, remote and disadvantaged parts of Mallee.

“It will be good for our local kids, good for our hard-working families and ultimately for our community. It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they chose,” Dr Webster said.

“The funds will support services in Horsham, Donald, Mildura, St Arnaud, Nhill, Dimboola, Birchip, Merbein and Warracknabeal that may need support to keep operating, or to fund capital projects to improve services and increase the number of places available.”
The local recipients include -
  • Green Leaves Early Learning Horsham - $100,000
  • Wimmera Regional Family Day Care, Horsham - $240,000
  • Nhill Early Learning Centre - $129,000
  • Dimboola Early Learning Centre - $150,000
  • Warracknabeal Child Care Centre - $360,000
Over $100 million is being spent through this program across Australia, according to Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge.

“We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality child care, regardless of where they live or their circumstances,” Minister Tudge said.

“In some remote areas, there may only be one or two child care services operating and it is critical we keep these open and help improve and expand facilities so more kids can attend.

“This program also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care.”