The NSW Government has formed a new Joint Working Group whose main aim is to make it easier for new child care services to get established in NSW. With representatives from the NSW Department of Education, the Department of Planning and Environment and the Office of Local Government, they will explore how they can simplify the planning system as it applies to child care centres. Planning Minister Rob Stokes has welcomed this new group.
"The NSW Government is moving ahead on its election commitment to cut red tape and streamline the approval processes for childcare services," Mr Stokes said.
"We are now looking at ways to reform the planning system to make it easier to set up a childcare centre."
Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said the changes would support the NSW Government's investment in early childhood education and care.
"Families across the State need to have quality early childhood education and care available where and when they need it. It is important that we support childcare centres to open up more spots for families," Mrs Williams said.
It’s no surprise that there is a need for more child care services, particularly in the inner city areas, so it will be interesting to see what this Joint Working Group can achieve.
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