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Greens give childcare a $200m boost

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The Greens have announced a capital grants fund dedicated to increasing the number of places in childcare centres.

The fund would see $200 million provided to community and not-for-profit centres over four years. This will increase the number of available places for enrolling children into care. The capital grants fund will also give priority to centres in high-need areas and help not-for-profit community centres in securing capital loans.

“Families from around the country are struggling to find the affordable, flexible childcare that they need,” said Greens’ childcare spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

Senator Hanson-Young also said that waiting lists of up to two years are preventing parents from enrolling their children in centres and the capital grants fund will help ease the pressure of childcare on the parents and the childcare sector.

“The Greens understand that parents are doing it tough and that the childcare sector requires support if it is going to meet the needs of the community,” she said.

The Greens have also released the results of their parents’ childcare poll. According to more than 1000 mums and dads who took part, high childcare costs and a lack of availability are major issues for Australian families.

“What this poll shows is that the looming crisis in the childcare sector needs to be addressed, and that it needs to happen sooner rather than later,” Senator Hanson-Young said.

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