Quality care for Warwick's kids

FOR the first time 20 Warwick child carers will welcome a $350 boost to further their ability to provide high quality care.

The new Federal Government $4.5 million initiative for Family Day Care was announced by The Hon Kate Ellis MP, Early Childhood Education, Childcare and Youth Minister, which will benefit 230 Warwick and district children.

Warwick Family Day Care provider Sandra McPhee said this grant has recognised the important role family day care provides as a child care provider.

“I think it is a boost for carers just for the fact the government has acknowledged the family day care organisation – a boost overall, not just for Warwick,” Mrs McPhee said.

The Capability Grant of $350 for each provider is for the purchase of educational equipment, toys and training needs to further develop high quality care.

Mrs McPhee said she would personally spend the money on educational equipment and toys and it was a welcomed allocation for the 12 children she provides care for each week.

“It's one of those things carers will get together and discuss and maybe also see about parental input as well,” Mrs McPhee said.

“Nothing like this has ever happened for us care providers before – It will be no trouble to spend in the blink of an eye.”

Mrs McPhee said care providers spend a lot of their pay on these items and it would be exciting to be able to spend allocations instead of “spending deep into your own pockets”.

“The $350 can go a long way towards resources and the children will definitely benefit by it,” Mrs McPhee said.

“It was great to be recognised as being an important part of the child care sector.”

The Family Day Care Capability Grants will be made available from July to registered family day care carers who are on the Family Day Care Australia database as of June 30.

The grant builds on the broader objectives of the early childhood education and care agenda of strengthening the profile of the family day care.

It also ties into the Five Year Plan – Working for a Stronger Future by supporting professional development and training. Under the new National Quality Framework, providers will have to have a minimum qualification of a Certificate III in Children's Services by 2014.

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