Labor Senator Doug Cameron and ALP Macquarie candidate Susan Templeman officially opened 48 new childcare places in Faulconbridge last Friday.
Ms Templeman said the new childcare places at KU Faulconbridge Children’s Centre would be enthusiastically welcomed by local families.
“I’m delighted to officially open 48 new childcare places in Faulconbridge which are a welcome addition for families in the Mountains,” she said.
“The new places have been made possible thanks to a $2.8 million investment from the Rudd Labor Government for capital works.
“More places for local families at a quality community childcare centre like this is great news, with new places available for 12 babies, 16 toddlers, and 20 pre-schoolers.
“The Rudd Labor Government’s investment in 48 extra places at this centre means up to 48 more parents will now have the opportunity to return to the workforce.
“Under Labor’s new National Quality Framework, parents in this centre will also have the confidence that their children are being cared for by qualified early childhood educators who will give their children the very best start in life.”
Senator Cameron said the Rudd Labor Government’s early learning and care centres were designed to provide children with the best opportunities to engage in early learning programs, targeted at areas with the highest demand and tailored to meet the individual needs of those communities.
“I believe that working families, no matter where they live should have access to quality, affordable child care,” he said.
“That’s why Federal Labor will invest more than $22.6 billion over the next four years in direct childcare assistance to families.
“It’s also why we have established the Child Care Accessibility Fund to help local governments build more childcare places where they are needed.”
Ms Templeman also visited the Possum Early Childhood Education Centre in Hazelbrook last week to talk with educators about a Labor fund to boost the wages of some of the centre’s educators by as much as $114 a week.