Ms Ellis used the South Lake Child Care Centre visit to encourage other centres to apply for the funding.
‘The Big Steps campaign is all about better supporting the child care profession so that children receive the very best quality of care in the child care sector,’ she said.
‘Qualified early childhood educators are critical in giving children the very best start at a time when 90 per cent of their brain development occurs.’
United Voice acting secretary Amber-Jade Sanderson said the funding would help retain important staff.
“Early childhood educators love the work they do,’ she said.
‘They play an invaluable role in the development of our children’s lives for very low pay ” they receive around $18 per hour.
‘The funding commitment will give the sector a much needed boost.
‘It will help retain and attract quality workers to the Early Childhood and Care sector.’
For more information on the funding, visit www.deewr .gov.au/early-years-quality-fund .