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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (8 March) . . Page.. 503..


MR SPEAKER: I think that is clear now. Do you want to seek leave to table a document?

Mr Smyth: No.

Childcare

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (5.53): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the importance of high quality and affordable childcare being widely available across the ACT;

(2) acknowledges that childcare:

(a) can be delivered through a range of models that include private, cooperative and community providers, and that there is a role for all types of models in the ACT; and

(b) may be accessed through a variety of situations such as stand-alone, work-based and other community facilities, and that there is a role for all type of situations in the ACT; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) provide the Assembly with information on the:

(i) level of demand for childcare;

(ii) existing number of childcare places;

(iii) distribution of existing places and demand for places across the ACT; and

(iv) number of TAFE and university qualified childcare workers in the ACT including those not currently employed in childcare;

(b) develop a strategy to support the provision of high quality and affordable childcare by:

(i) looking for opportunities to work with private, cooperative and community childcare providers to ensure the level of supply for childcare is adequate and developed in areas with current shortages;

(ii) incorporating the use of schools and other community buildings for childcare where available;

(iii) ensuring an adequate supply of designated land and facilities, including direct sale to approved providers where appropriate; and

(iv) considering the development of a central childcare "waiting list"register and


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