We know there is a desperate need for childcare in our city and we’re using every lever available to increase supply.
One such lever is the Childcare Development Control Plan (DCP) we introduced in 2013, which was the first of its kind. The DCP makes it compulsory for all new buildings over a certain size to provide space for a childcare centre.
Our planning staff have also been negotiating the inclusion of childcare centres through Voluntary Planning Agreements (VPAs) with developers when they propose new developments. Recent approvals include a centre in the proposed Haymarket Library building, as well as two other centres in the proposed redevelopment of the George St Cinema site. All three will be handed over to the City to run as a result of the VPA.
We’ve also been busy building our own centres – four new centres in Alexandria, East Sydney, Annandale and Green Square are due to finish construction by the end of this year.
All this work has resulted in a net increase of 967 new operating places, over 2,000 places that have been approved or are under construction, 368 places currently under assessment and 220 places subject to a design competition – overall it’s an increase of more than 3,500 places.
This means we will meet the demand for new spaces – making the City of Sydney one of the few Governments in Australia to prioritise and meet this important need. By the end of 2016, the City itself will own 27 centres, making us a substantial provider of child care facilities.
As a result of our work over the past 12 years we have created a more liveable city and many young families are choosing to stay here, which is terrific and we know how important childcare is to those families – that’s why childcare continues to be a priority for the City.
Pictured above: Construction nearing completion at the East Sydney Early Learning Centre