Students will soon have access to outside school hours care services at Upper Plenty Primary School, helping more parents and carers into the workforce while ensuring their children are cared for.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green announced State Government funding for $225,000 across three years to establish a new outside school hours care service at Upper Plenty Primary School.

The service will start from the beginning of 2022.

Upper Plenty is among 145 schools across Victoria sharing in $10.7 million of funding.

“This support will make an outside school hours facility viable at Upper Plenty Primary School – and it will mean so much to busy working families across the state,” Ms Green said.

The schools will receive up to $75,000 each year over the next three years for their outside school hours care services – helping to establish new services and cover the cost of resources or equipment, setup and administration, facility upgrades, small service viability and transport.

The grants will increase the number of schools providing outside school hours care by 5.8 per cent in Melbourne and 42.9 per cent in regional Victoria.

The first round allocated $4.1 million in grants to 53 schools earlier this year, with another two rounds to follow in 2022 and 2023.

Minister for Education James Merlino said by creating more outside school hours care services, the government was supporting more parents and carers to return to work, study, training or as Victoria began to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Those two hours after school finishes each day shouldn’t be a barrier for parents or carers getting back into work or study once their children are at school – we’re investing to ensure our kids are cared for when families need it,” he said.

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