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$1.3m fund to boost child care flexibility

The federal government wants early learning centres to submit funding proposals for the Child Care Flexibility Fund.

The $1.3 million fund will provide grants to promote more innovative and flexible child care arrangements with the aim of advancing childhood education by supporting service providers who have an inventive and sustainable method of addressing child care in their community.

Each project should promote child care in a way that is still affordable to parents.

Non-government organisations, such as employee associations and employer groups, are also welcome to submit proposals.

Approved applicants will receive up to 50 per cent of the cost of their project from the government.

A wide range of projects can be submitted for approval, including feasibility studies; training to build capacity within the sector to provide more flexible care; and/or small-scale trials which directly enable families to access care in a way that better meets their needs.

An example of a possible project could be trials of a flexible care program partnered with an employer from the local industry; another could be a program  that builds capacity to give parents more flexibility.

Detailed guidelines will be available soon. Meanwhile, those who are interested should email: [email protected]

Source: http://www.mychild.gov.au/pages/child_care_flexibility_fund.aspx

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