In March the Commonwealth Government announced a new Early Childhood and Care Relief Package that aims to make childcare available for free to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The introduction of the Commonwealth Government’s Early Childhood and Care Relief Package on Monday 6 April cut MCM childcare centre funding in half and prompted MCM to actively advocate to government and in the media for a viable solution to be urgently found to sustain our Early Learning Centres during the COVID-19 outbreak.
MCM prioritises the health and safety of our clients, staff and community during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
MCM welcomes the intention of the Early Childhood package announced by the Commonwealth Government last week, with its focus on sustaining childcare centres during the COVID-19 pandemic and providing families with free childcare, it hasn’t adequately considered the impact on diverse not-for-profits like MCM for whom childcare is only one component of the community services it provides.
Wednesday 15 April marks the day we observe Youth Homelessness Matters Day (YHMD) which aims to raise awareness of young people in Australia experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
In-line with directions from the Deputy Chief Health Officer (Communicable Diseases) regarding new laws for care facilities, we are bringing the following changes into effect for our facilities immediately.
MCM recognises the effect COVID-19 is having on the community and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted here in Australia and around the world.
MCM is facing the possibility of closing its two Early Learning Centres due to a flaw in the design of the Commonwealth Government’s Early Childhood and Care Relief Package, announced last week.
In line with Federal and State Government advice regarding non-essential organised gatherings of more than 100 people, MCM has decided that our much-loved flagship fundraising event Sleep At The ’G is unable to proceed as a mass participation event this year.
MCM will redevelop and relocate one of its youth refuge services to Werribee to support young people experiencing homelessness in Melbourne’s inner west.