Minister for Community Services Joy Burch is celebrating a rise in the number of licensed long day care places in Canberra’s childcare centres:
Data from the Community Services Directorate shows that between January 2011 and March 2012 the Directorate approved licenses for an additional 532 long day care places in 26 centres across Canberra.
“These extra places will give more families the opportunity to place their child in an education and care centre, and help address the strong demand for extra childcare,” Ms Burch said.
Ms Burch said an ongoing capital upgrade program for community-based childcare services and grants have assisted a number of centres to offer more places over the past year.
“And this growth will continue thanks to the ACT Government’s investment of $9.2 million for capital works upgrades funded in the 2011-12 Budget, which will see an increase about 170 places across nine community-based centres.”