Child Australia welcomes the State Government’s commitment to enhancing not for profit Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services across regional Western Australia.

As part of a $2.9 million government investment, Child Australia has successfully secured funding for a new initiative ECEC Support: Empowering Regional Services WA, a coordinated support model program designed to strengthen and enhance regional services.

“Child Australia has been supporting services in regional WA for almost 20 years. We understand the challenges, nuances and unique needs of diverse communities.

Our longstanding commitment to tailored solutions and empowering local providers is central to our mission. We pride ourselves on respectful, trusted partnerships, and we look forward to working alongside local providers to support improved outcomes for children and families throughout regional WA,” said Tina Holtom, CEO.

With a focus on addressing key challenges faced by services in regional WA, Child Australia will provide opportunities for professional development, upskilling, mentoring, committee governance support and more throughout the regions of Great Southern, Peel, Southwest and the Wheatbelt.

“Together with our BHP funded Thriving Futures model successfully operating in the Pilbara and Goldfields, this new funding will see our teams supporting the vast majority of community services throughout regional WA.

We congratulate the additional successful grant recipients One Tree Community Services and Regional Early Education and Development WA (REED). Our collective expertise and history in supporting regional services will no doubt have a positive enduring impact for children and families in these communities” said Ms Holtom.

Through the ECEC Support: Empowering Regional Services WA model, Child Australia aims to ensure the sustainability of regional services, strengthen the capacity of local sector professionals, and foster the growth and viability of ECEC services in the focus regions. Ultimately, this will enhance the quality and accessibility of ECEC services, ensuring more children have access to high-quality early learning in the regions.