Three Murraylands childcare providers will share $500,000 worth of funding

The early learning centre at Tyndale, the OSHC at St Joseph’s and Tailem Bend Kindergarten have each won federal funding.

Three early learning services in Murray Bridge and at Tailem Bend will share $500,000 worth of extra federal funding.

Federal MP Tony Pasin announced on Friday that the early learning centre at Tyndale Christian School had been awarded $300,000, and Tailem Bend Kindergarten and the out-of-school-hours care service at St Joseph’s School $100,000 each.

The funding would help the OSHC at St Jo’s attract and retain educators, deliver training and provide specialist coaching and support, a spokeswoman for service operators Camp Australia said.

Attracting staff, in particular, was something it had struggled to do since COVID-19 struck.

The more educators there were at the OSHC, the more they would be able to tailor their services to the needs and interests of the growing number of children in the school community.

Mr Pasin said the Community Child Care Fund could be used to help services remain sustainable, become more accessible to different parts of their communities, or upgrade their buildings and facilities.

“Supporting local childcare services is good for our local kids, good for our hard-working local families and, ultimately, for our community,” Mr Pasin said.

“It will also have a positive economic benefit by allowing more local parents to get back into work or take on additional hours if they choose.”

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