Additional funding for Child and Family Learning Centres in Tasmania
An additional $7 million in funding will be provided for Tasmanian Child and Family Learning Centres (CFLCs) bringing the Government’s total investment to $28 million, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training has said.
The investment forms part of the Rebuilding Tasmania Infrastructure Investment being made by the Tasmanian Government to fast track five projects with the additional funding, and further supports the State’s commitment to investing in the first 1000 days of a child’s life.
Child and Family Learning Centres, Mr Rockliff said, “are a proven way of supporting families and carers in the early years of a child’s life in communities where we can make the most difference”.
As a result of the additional funding, the design and construction process will now begin on two CFLCs, one at East Tamar and another at Waratah Wynyard, with these centres to be completed in the 2021-22 financial year.
Community engagement and consultation will soon begin on CLFCs in Glenorchy, Kingborough and West Ulverstone, with construction brought forward and scheduled to begin in the 2021-22 financial year.
Engagement with local communities, and the establishment of a Local Enabling Group is key to ensuring CFLCs provide the right wrap around care for young children and families, the Minister added.
Another CLFC in Sorell will begin construction in 2022-23 in line with the $25 million redevelopment of the Sorell School.
To learn more about the role of CFLCs in Tasmanian early childhood education, please see here.