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Three child care providers in Wellington have received a welcome funding boost to meet the needs of local families.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said over $230,000 had been allocated to the providers to help with operational costs.

“Maffra Queen Street Kindergarten and Child Care, Kids House Heyfield and Briagolong Kindergarten & Occasional Care Centre have received funding to continue providing quality care and keep services accessible to local families,” Mr Chester said.

“The funding is designed to help the organisations improve the viability and sustainability of the service for the community.

“Ensuring these child care programs are supported and can continue means that parents can work and rely on suitable care for their children outside of school or kinder hours.”

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said more than 640 child care services around Australia would share in more than $100 million through the program.

“We are committed to giving every Australian family access to quality child care, regardless of where they live or their circumstances,” Minister Tudge said.

“In some remote areas, there may only be one or two child care services operating and it is critical we keep these open and help improve and expand facilities so more kids can attend.

“This program also helps services to run initiatives that reduce barriers which may otherwise prevent local kids from accessing care.”

Maffra Queen Street Kindergarten and Child Care, Kids House Heyfield and Briagolong Kindergarten & Occasional Care Centre are three of seven organisations in Gippsland to receive funding through the latest round of the Federal Government’s Community Child Care Fund.

For further information visit: www.dese.gov.au/child-care-package/child-care-safety-net/community-child-care-fund/open-competitive-grant

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