Funding creates more kindy places

SOUTHERN Gold Coast children's education will be boosted by the latest round of State and Federal Government funding helping long day care services deliver kindergarten programs.

Burleigh MP Christine Smith announced a record number of services had been approved under the third funding round, while also confirming changes to the funding program to streamline the application process even further. "This third round attracted strong interest from the long day care sector, with an extra 429 services approved," she said.

"This demonstrates the importance of Government funding for the long day care sector because it supports services to deliver a quality kindergarten program delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher.

"Under this program, services can have their funding backdated to the beginning of the quarter in which they submit their application and more importantly, services can now apply for funding at any time.

"With these extra services, we've created more than 21,500 funded kindergarten places for Queensland children."

Successful round three applicants in the Burleigh electorate include:

 Burleigh Sandpiper Preschool and Kindergarten;

 Sunkids Children's Centre 2 - Burleigh Waters;

 Burleigh Waters Child Care Centre;

 Gum Leaf Gully Childcare and Early Education Centre.

For more information visit www.det.qld.gov.au/ earlychildhood.



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