Kangaroo Island Children's Services Centre receive funding

CHILDCARE SITE: Parndana Community Children's Centre committee has earmarked land adjacent to the community garden for the site of the town's childcare centre. Photo: Stan Gorton
CHILDCARE SITE: Parndana Community Children's Centre committee has earmarked land adjacent to the community garden for the site of the town's childcare centre. Photo: Stan Gorton

Kangaroo Island Children's Services Centre will receive $368,000 to deliver services in Penneshaw and Kingscote in a new round of federal funding, part of a $750,000 childcare boost to the region.

"I am especially pleased to see funding being delivered to services in Kingscote and Penneshaw that need assistance to keep operating, or to fund capital projects to improve services and increase the number of places available," Senator for South Australia, Andrew McLachlan said.

Broken down, the funding is $99,000 for Kangaroo Island Children's Services - Penneshaw, $175,000 for Kangaroo Island Children's Services - Kingscote and finally $94,000 for the Kangaroo Island Children's Services Centre.

Meanwhile, there had been a call for childcare services at Parndana to assist families recovering from the bushfires.

Parndana Community Children's Centre committee chairperson Steph Wurst said efforts to open the childcare centre in Parndana continued.

The need for childcare in Parndana existed well before the fires, with more than 40 families expressing an interest, she said.

The committee has received $1.8 million in funding from the Local Economic Recovery Funding program, and they have engaged an architect and have earmarked land adjacent to the community garden. Discussions with the state education department continue.

Member for Mayo, Rebekha Sharkie said the emergence of COVID-19 highlighted the strong need for more government support for childcare.

"I met only recently in Canberra with minister Tudge about all things childcare and how important it is to invest into childcare so I'm pleased that the minister has listened."

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