FUNDING AND TOYS FOR MORE THAN 1000 CHILDREN’S SERVICES

FUNDING AND TOYS FOR MORE THAN 1000 CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Posted on 08. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

More than 1000 children’s services across the state will share in toys, books, learning kits and grants for minor works thanks to Brumby Labor Government funding of $1.5 million.

Announcing the recipients today, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development said the grants and kits were aimed at helping occasional care, family day care and outside school hours care programs comply with new regulations.

“Under the new regulations these programs are required to be licensed for the first time and these grants are about supporting these services to ensure they have high quality resources for the children in their programs,” Ms Morand said.

“Each recipient will receive up to $4300 and that will be provided as either a grant for minor works, resource kits or a combination of both.

“The resource kits range from a selection of high quality toys, including musical instruments, puzzles, books and music CDs to health and nutrition information for carers including cooking activities to do with children and healthy food toys.

“The grants will be used by service providers to upgrade equipment to support the delivery of quality educational or recreational programs.

“About 100,000 children across Victoria participate in occasional care, family day care and outside school hours care programs each week.

“Our Government understands parents want the best possible care for their children right from birth and the new regulations are an important step in making sure that a consistently high standard of care is provided across all services regardless of where they are located.

“These grants and resource kits were identified by service providers as being a priority in assisting them to transfer to a full license.

“I’m really pleased so many services have taken up this offer and are proactively upgrading their services and resources ahead of transferring to full licenses.”

There are more than 1250 outside school hours care and family day care services in Victoria.

All services were required to apply for a provisional license by the end of August last year and the majority of these will transition to a full license by the end of the year.

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