$30m in LDC Start Strong funding

Eligible long day care centres will receive $30 million in funding as part of the government's Start Strong Long Day Care funding program.

The program, to be rolled out from June to September this year, will provide services with funding for each child aged four and above enrolled in their early childhood education program.

Services will receive higher amounts of funding if children are enrolled for 600 hours or more, or if enrolled children are from Aboriginal or low income backgrounds.

"Start Strong funding for long day care is targeted to encourage children from disadvantaged backgrounds to enrol for an additional day of early childhood education per week," says Nancy Chang, Director of Programs and Strategic Projects.

"This means funding is directed to the children who need it the most. It's part of the government's commitment to ensure families in New South Wales can afford 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before school, no matter where they live, or what their circumstances are."

Funding is calculated based on enrolment data in the Australian Government's Child Care Management System (CCMS). To ensure the correct amount of funding is received, services are encouraged to check their ECCMs enrolment data is accurate.

Category:  May 2017,

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