FUN AT HOME: Addison Euler, Ayla Benham and Marcus Merrett with educator Margaret Cutler at Gayndah's Family Day Care.
FUN AT HOME: Addison Euler, Ayla Benham and Marcus Merrett with educator Margaret Cutler at Gayndah's Family Day Care. Alex Treacy

Expansion on the cards for Family Day Care in region

THE Mundubbera Family Day Care scheme, which also operates in Gayndah and Monto, may be able to expand to other North Burnett towns following a $46,000 grant from the Federal Government's Community Child Care Fund.

Marion Denholm, secretary of the North Burnett Community Service, which operates the scheme, said they would now "enquire into the feasibility" of expansion, including the availability of educators to run the family day care.

"Educators have a highly responsible job in caring for children," Ms Denholm said.

"The educators must be qualified and there is a limit to the number of children they can provide care for.

"Also, their homes are regularly inspected to ensure that the facilities are up to standard.

"Parents pay for the service but may receive a Child Care Subsidy from the government, depending on their circumstances."

The educators must hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care at a minimum.

Ms Denholm said the centre was "very grateful" for the funding.

"It's great to see this kind of support coming out to the bush where it is badly needed," she said.

"A Family Day Care service helps parents by providing quality care for children while they work to lift family incomes and provide a brighter future for their kids.

"It also provides business and an income for educators, who can work in their own homes.

"Taken together, this means a boost for the economies of each town and our region as a whole."

Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd agreed with Ms Denholm.

"This investment will help our providers overcome some of the unique challenges child care services in the city don't face, such as attracting and retaining qualified staff.

"It means more hard-working families in Flynn can take advantage of our government's Child Care Subsidy to work, learn or volunteer.

"The CCCF is part of theChild Care Safety Net, which aims to give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work."

According to a spokesman for Mr O'Dowd, the CCCF scheme aims to support child care services operating in disadvantaged or vulnerable communities, increase participation, and ensure sustainability of services in areas with fluctuating and/or low short-term demand.


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