Melton & Moorabool families will have a greater choice of child care options under an agreement to fund more casual and emergency child care places.
Services will receive grants to offer occasional care places to local families for the first time.
Occasional care gives families the flexibility to leave children for short periods of time in an environment that provides learning opportunities and the chance to socialise with other children.
This flexibility supports parents to balance work and family responsibilities, especially in circumstances where irregular and seasonal work such as farming can make it difficult for families to commit to regular child care places.
Earlier this year, the first round of funding under the agreement supported 117 children’s services, mostly in regional, rural and disadvantaged areas, to offer families occasional care at subsidised rates.
This funding is part of an agreement between the Andrews Labor Government and the Federal Government.
Mr Nardella said:
“This is great news for Melton & Moorabool families. Creating better access to flexible, affordable child care will help meet the needs of our community.”
“The Andrews Labor Government understands that high-quality early childhood services must be available to all families, no matter their postcode. That’s why we’re making Victoria the Education State.”