Posted on 04. Jun, 2010 in Clayton Update

The Brumby Labor Government today announced it would increase its share of funding for an occasional child care program that supports more than 9700 children and their families each week.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Maxine Morand said the Brumby Labor Government would increase funding by $1 million to $1.9 million in 2010-11 to ensure the Take-a-Break occasional child care program could continue in Victoria.

“This program provides great support to parents and also provides important early learning and social experiences for children aged 0-6 years,” Ms Morand said.

“This additional funding will mean the more than 220 children’s centres offering the Take-a-Break child care program will continue being funded.”

Ms Morand said previously this program had been jointly funded with the Federal Government.

“We recognise how important these services are to families and with that funding concluding, we wanted to make sure these programs could continue to be offered,” she said.

“The Take-a-Break program allows parents and guardians to participate in activities including study, recreational classes, attending appointments, shopping and voluntary community activities while their children socialise and interact with other children in an early learning environment.

“Any parent knows that when you have young children sometimes it can be difficult to do simple things like attend a doctor appointment, or do banking or shopping – Take-a-Break provides short term occasional care that makes these tasks much simpler.”

Ms Morand said the funding would be provided to licensed children’s centres operated by community-based organisations or by adult community education providers.

“This funding is another example of how the Brumby Labor Government is committed to helping families and to working with education and community-based organisations to help provide the children’s services that families need,” she said.

Local services receiving Take-a-Break childcare funding in Victoria:

Godfrey Street Neighbourhood House – Bentleigh

Moongala Womens Community House – Bentleight East

Amaroo Neighbourhood Centre – Chadstone

Burton Street (Centre 2) – Chadstone

Oakleigh Occasional Care – Chadstone

Cheltenham Neighbourhood House – Cheltenham

Oakleigh Occasional Care  – Clayton

Market Street Occasional Child Care Centre – Dandenong

Dingley Village Neighbourhood Centre – Dingley

Mordialloc Community Youth Centre – Mordialloc

Mordialloc Neighbourhood House – Mordialloc

Oakleigh Occasional Care – Mt Waverley

 Mulgrave Neighbourhood House Inc – Mulgrave

 Paddy O’Donoghue Centre – Noble Park Community Service Centre

Oakleigh Occasional Care – Oakleigh



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