New home daycare facilities will be opened and refurbished at three homes in Melbourne’s North Shore.
Key points:Residents will have the opportunity to take their homes to the beach in 2018 and 2019Residents can use a new mobile app to stay connected with their home day care providerHome daycare homes have traditionally been operated by local councils, with residents paying a small fee for the privilege of having a child.
A new mobile application called StayHome will allow residents to stay in their homes with their children and family members on holiday for a short period of time.
The application, launched in January 2018, is available for download on the app store.
The program is a first for the North Shore, which has a population of just under 50,000 people.
The new daycare centres will be located in the suburb of Mount Gambier and include two large home daycares.
“We are happy to welcome new homes for residents, as well as providing new access to the Northshore to local families,” Victorian Minister for Children and Families, Lisa Neville said in a statement.
“The StayHome program is an important step forward in our efforts to create a more sustainable future for our communities.”
Residents will be able to take home their homes for two weeks in 2018 to take advantage of the program.
Home daycare facilities have traditionally operated by councils.
In the past, they have been operated at the expense of taxpayers.
The three new home day cares will be operated by home day-care providers who will be the only ones to receive government funding for their home-based day care facilities.
The programs are available in the Northlands from October 2018 to April 2019.
The first of the three new daycamps will open at the end of 2018 and will include a daycare for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and children under six.
The other three will be open in 2019.
Residents can register to take part by downloading the app and filling out the registration form.
The Victorian Government will provide $4 million in public funding for the program, which is part of the government’s 2020-21 Community Development Strategy.
Residents will pay $30 per week to use the new mobile apps, which will be free to use.
Residents in the area will also be able pay $1 per week for use of the app to book their rooms at the new day-camps.
StayHome was launched by the Northsiders Association of Victoria in November 2017.