Child care services on the Fleurieu Peninsula have been given a boost, with three schools sharing in more than $250,000 to help meet the needs of growing, local families.
Encounter Lutheran College ($97,502), Yankalilla Area School ($87,000) and Mount Compass Area School ($67,780) each received funding through the federal government's Community Child Care Fund (CCCF), which aims to improve access to child care and increase workforce participation in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.
A $750,000 round of funding for the Mayo electorate, which also benefited child care services on Kangaroo Island and in the Adelaide Hills was announced on July 20.
Senator for South Australia Andrew McLachlan CSC welcomed the allocation of funds as a win for the region.
"This funding is vital for our hard-working families and their children residing in rural and regional parts of South Australia," Senator McLachlan said.
"It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or to take on additional hours if they choose."
Minister for Regional Education Bridget McKenzie said the CCCF would help ensure child care continued to be available for many families in Mayo.
"These grants will have tangible benefits for child care providers that will flow to local children and their families," Minister McKenzie said.
"It means more families in Mayo can take advantage of our Child Care Subsidy if they choose to work, learn or volunteer."
As part of the CCCF program, more than $100 million has been assigned to about 640 child care services across Australia.
More information on the Community Child Care Fund can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.