State Election 2017: Govt pledges $3m for childcare

Community Services Minister Paul Miles, Dawesville Liberal candidate Zak Kirkup and Dawesville MLA Kim Hames with children at Good Start Early Learning in Halls Head.
Community Services Minister Paul Miles, Dawesville Liberal candidate Zak Kirkup and Dawesville MLA Kim Hames with children at Good Start Early Learning in Halls Head.

THE State Government has promised to invest a further $3 million into enhancing the sustainability and quality of childcare services in regional WA if it wins the election.

The investment is the second stage of the Regional Community Child Care Development Fund .

In Mandurah on Monday, Community Services Minister Paul Miles said families in the regions needed the same level of access to quality childcare as those in metropolitan areas if communities were to thrive.

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“They also face unique challenges in comparison with their metropolitan counterparts due to issues such as distance, isolation and a lack of resources,’’ he said.

Mr Miles said the funding would go towards implementing the Education and Care Services Plan for Regional WA that would set out strategies to address the challenges faced by communities and service providers across regional WA.

“Funding will also go towards two new models for governance and service delivery in the Wheatbelt and the South-West,” he said. “These models reflect the diversity and configuration of services in the specific regions.

“Feasibility studies will also be undertaken in other regions in recognition of the unique environments under which services operate.”