Jun 2, 2009

Early Learning and Care Centre for Inner West

Early Learning and Care Centre for Inner West

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

June 2 2009

Federal Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese has welcomed the announcement by the Rudd Government that an Early Learning and Care Centre will be built in the Inner West.

The Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education and Child Care, Maxine McKew yesterday announced arrangements for the nine remaining Early Learning and Care Centres to be built in New South Wales.

When completed the new Centres will provide additional child care places in a long day care setting for up to 450 children.

Ms McKew said a request for proposal for the construction of the Inner West Centre will be advertised by the Australian Government today.

Mr Albanese said the Inner West Centre was a promise he had made to Grayndler voters at the last election and he was pleased to see it being delivered.

"There is a clear shortage of child-care places in this area and it is crucial that pre-school aged children get the best possible chance for future success," said Mr Albanese.

"I am proud to be part of an effective government delivering results for the residents of the Inner West."

Establishment of the centres will be the joint responsibility of the Australian and NSW Governments, with the Commonwealth allocating approximately $14.4 million in funding towards completion.

For more information about early childhood education and child care, please visit www.mychild.gov.au.

Request for Proposal documentation will be published at www.deewr.gov.au/earlychildhood.