A KEMPSEY child care service that was staring at a bleak funding future has been thrown a lifeline by the Federal Government.
Kempsey In Home Care faced closure when State funding guidelines changed, which would have made continued shift work difficult for those families using the service.
"I don't know what I'd do without Kempsey In Home Care, as I'm a single mum with three children at home and I wouldn't have been able to work the hours I have without them," Belinda Ison of Kempsey said.
"When my children were small and I started using in-home care services, I worked night-fill at Kempsey Woolworths so I could spend my days with my children and taking them to after-school activities as they got older," Ms Ison said.
In the past people like shift workers, casual workers, families with children with chronic conditions or parents with serious illness had trouble accessing formal child care.
In Home Care Services provide subsidised child care, similar to a nanny service, to families from these kinds of backgrounds.
"I am delighted to announce Kempsey In Home Care, run by the local family day care service, has received $109,284 for the next two years under the Morrison Coalition Government's Community Child Care Fund (CCCF)," local MP Pat Conaghan said.
"The CCCF is part of our Government's Child Care Safety Net, which aims to give the most vulnerable children a strong start, while supporting parents into work."
"Our Child Care Subsidy has reduced out-of-pocket child care costs for families by more than 7.9 per cent."
Kempsey Family Day Care manager Nyree Simpson was delighted by the support.
"The Federal Government funding allows us to provide this vital support to vulnerable families for the next three years and we hope to build the service and recruit more In-Home Care educators," Ms Simpson said.