$114.5 million has been allocated to establish the centres (including six Autism-specific centres). The funding includes both the capital costs and the ongoing costs of establishing additional child care places, including Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.
Theprovides background information on the Early Learning and Care Centres.
Early Learning and Care Centres Programme Guidelines
The objective of the programme is to increase the supply of integrated early childhood education and care in areas of unmet demand for child care.
The programme places a strong emphasis on connecting with schools to ensure all Australian children are fully prepared for learning and life.