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More child care places for Gladstone and Townsville

Ministers:

The Hon Kate Ellis MP
Minister for Early Childhood Education, Child Care and Youth

The Minister for Early Childhood Education and Child Care Kate Ellis and the Queensland Minister for Education Geoff Wilson today announced the providers of two new Early Learning and Care Centres for Queensland.

The Crèche and Kindergarten Association of Queensland will operate the Gladstone centre and the Catholic Diocese of Townsville will run the Townsville centre.

The Gladstone centre will deliver 66 long day care places, while 75 more places will be available at Townsville.

The Rudd Government is investing $1.8 million in each centre. The Catholic Diocese of Townsville will also make a substantial contribution towards the centre it will run.

“The first few years of a child’s life set them on a road to adulthood – we want that road to take them to good health, education and social development,” Ms Ellis said.

“These centres are an important part of our ambition to create a high quality early childhood education system that’s affordable and accessible for Australian families.

“The centres will deliver much needed child care places in Gladstone and Townsville and will make life a little easier for local working families,” Ms Ellis said.

The centres will open later this year and form part of the Australian Government’s $114.5 million strategy to build Early Learning and Care Centres at 38 priority locations across Australia.

Mr Wilson welcomed the announcement, saying the State and Federal Governments are working together to ensure Queensland children receive the best start to learning and life.

“Building Early Learning and Care Centres on school grounds means children can grow to feel part of the broader school community and become happy and confident learners,” he said.

“These centres are among six new Early Learning and Care Centres across Queensland, including one Autism-specific centre.

“We’re looking at other ways we can improve early childhood education across Queensland to give our children the flying start they deserve.”

Queenslanders can share their ideas on what will make a difference to their child’s future by commenting on the discussion paperA Flying Start for Queensland Children.

Further information on Early Learning and Care Centres is available at: http://www.mychild.gov.au