Northern Territory Opposition Leader Terry Mills
Exploring To Grow
Victor P Taffa
The Country Liberals will commit $2,000 every three years to childcare and early learning centres across the Territory to upgrade play equipment or buy toys and games for children.
Country Liberals leader, Terry Mills, said the grants will be welcome by centre operators and parents who understand the importance of explorative and interactive play as a learning tool for young ones.
The initiative is one of a number of measures outlined in the Country Liberals Early Learning Services policy.
The Country Liberals will:
- Develop early learning centres within primary schools.
- Identify Government land in areas of high child-care demand to assist operators establish centres in these areas
- Facilitate expansion of existing Early Learning Centres
- Work with the industry to improve employment conditions for child care workers
Launching the policy at Essington School Fete today, Mr. Mills said the childcare sector provided a crucial role for families and the broader Territory economy.
“The Country Liberals will support early learning centres and work with the private sector to provide additional facilities as the Territory grows.” Mr. Mills said.
“A Country Liberals Government will identify available land and work with providers with a view to increasing the number of childcare places available across the Territory.”
“At a centre level, we will ease the financial burden on centre operators by providing a $2,000 grant every three years to assist with new and replacement equipment for the littlies.”
“The grants will be distributed every three years.” Mr. Mills said.
“The early years of a child’s life are the most important from a learning perspective and the money grants will be used to provide them with new and challenging activities while in care.”
The annual cost of the grants is expected to be around $150,000.” Mr. Mills said.