By 2031, the variety of licensed childcare areas inside Richmond will develop by 50%, including 3,741 areas throughout the town.
The municipal authorities says this newly accepted goal addresses present and future wants for childcare, and builds on the town’s 21% enhance in areas since 2016. As of 2020, there have been 7,022 childcare areas inside Richmond.
Over the approaching decade, the childcare capability will develop to 25 areas per 100 youngsters underneath the age of 36 months, 55 areas per 100 youngsters aged 30 months to high school age, and 25 areas per 100 faculty aged youngsters.
For college age youngsters, the plan will create services which might be on-site or inside strolling distance from all elementary faculties.
“Entry to youngster care stays a problem for a lot of households throughout the nation,” mentioned Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Richmond has labored laborious to considerably enhance the variety of youngster care areas for households in our group with over 1,200 new areas created previously 4 years.”
“Since 2018, the Metropolis of Richmond has opened three new Metropolis-owned youngster care services with one other centre and two early childhood growth hubs to open over the following two years. Metropolis Council is dedicated to working with our group companions and different ranges of presidency to deal with the demand for this important service in our group.”
The municipal authorities owns 10 purpose-built childcare services, and a further facility and two early childhood growth hubs have been secured by the rezoning course of inside new developments at the moment underneath development. These new-build services will add 201 areas inside two years, growing the variety of city-owned areas to 585.