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Child care services encouraged to update mychild.gov.au

Joint Media Release with The Hon Maxine McKew MP

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard and the Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care, Maxine McKew today encouraged child care service providers to update their service and fee information on mychild.gov.au

The Rudd Government launched the mychild.gov.auwebsite in October 2008 to provide all Australian families with easy access to early childhood education and child care information.

mychild.gov.auis a virtual children’s hub for parents and carers which provides access to important health, early learning, child care and parenting support information in one convenient location.

The virtual hub features a searchable database of more than 8000 child care providers, including the services they provide and the fees they charge. The Government will build on this information as the new Quality Framework is developed.

To ensure mychild.gov.aucontinues to provide parents and carers with valuable, up-to-date information, the Government is encouraging all child care providers to review their existing information and submit new information to the website where appropriate.

In line with the Government’s commitment to make early childhood information more accessible, vacation care providers can now also be listed on mychild.gov.au

Child care providers can submit new information, or update existing information, at any time at: http://ifp.mychild.gov.au/Content/Providers.aspx

mychild.gov.auis part of the Rudd Government’s package of initiatives to improve early childhood education and care, which includes:

  • $1.6 billion over four years to help working families meet higher costs of living by increasing the Child Care Tax Rebate from 30 per cent to 50 per cent of out of pocket costs to a maximum of $7,500;
  • $114.5 million to establish up to 260 Early Learning and Care Centres in priority areas;
  • $970 million over five years to provide all Australian children with access to 15 hours a week of early learning programs for 40 weeks a year in the year before formal schooling; and
  • $126.6 million in fee relief for up to 8000 TAFE students, an extra 1500 university places for early childhood teachers and reductions in the HECS-HELP debt of early childhood teachers in working regional and remote areas, Indigenous communities and areas of high disadvantage.

For more information, visit mychild.gov.auor call the mychild information line on13 36 84.