Part of making our city more and more liveable is making sure new parents have the option of returning to work if that's what they'd like to do. There is a huge and growing need for early education and care in the City, as evidenced by the numbers of working families which have been rising steadily for two decades and the City is acting to deal with that. That is why we're working so hard with developers to encourage and negotiate new childcare spaces to help meet demand.
Since January last year, we have approved 12 development applications that include a potential 718 new childcare places, while 18 development applications including 1,287 places are currently being assessed. This, coupled with the City's own development, means we're delivering 2,000 much needed childcare places in the inner city.
The City's Childcare Centres Development Control Plan was introduced in 2005 to encourage high-quality childcare and provide developers with the information they need to successfully complete development applications.
The planning tool encourages developers to include childcare centres in their plans for residential and commercial buildings by allowing more flexibility in the planning and design approach if they also provide childcare.
As well as helping deliver childcare in private developments, the City is also investing to fast track the development of six of our own new childcare centres. Construction has begun on our new 60-place centre in Darlinghurst and design work has started on our new centre in Green Square with 74 spaces.
Three of our new centres will provide at least 240 new childcare spaces for babies and children from 2016 at Sydney Park in St Peters, Huntley Street in Alexandria, and The Crescent in Annandale.
And the sale of a former City depot in Ultimo to the Department of Education for a new inner city public primary school will deliver another 80 place childcare centre.
I remember what it was like being a new mum looking for childcare in the city. It's tough to entrust someone else with the care of your children, but with beautiful new facilities and a great standard of care on offer, we're trying to make that a little easier.