Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon has announced that a new contract to operate Defence Child Care Centres has been signed.
Mission Australia Early Learning Services has been contracted to manage Defence’s 21 Child Care Centres from 1 July 2012, following an open tender process. Mission Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that has a proven record within the industry for the provision of quality child care services.
“We are committed to providing quality child care for defence families,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Mission Australia Early Learning Services and Defence will facilitate a smooth transition to the new contract and will work closely with the outgoing service provider, B4Kids Pty Ltd, to ensure families and staff experience minimal disruption.
“The majority of B4Kids Pty Ltd staff will not be affected by the change and will continue their great work in providing child care for defence families.”
Families and staff at Defence Child Care Centres will be given the opportunity to talk to Mission Australia Early Learning Services representatives at a series of information sessions being conducted during the coming weeks. In addition, Mission Australia Early Learning Services has established a helpline for families and staff seeking further information.
The helpline number to call is 1800 757 343.
Defence families seeking information about the transition to Mission Australia Early Learning Services can also contact the Defence Family Helpline on 1800 624 608 or email DefenceFamilyHelpline [at] defence.gov.au.
Up-to-date information will be available at the Defence Community Organisation website www.defence.gov.au/dco.
Minister Snowdon’s Office (02) 6277 7820
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999