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NSW families waiting on holiday care

AAP logoAAP 24/09/2016 Anna Hitchings

Families waiting on school holiday care for their children are being left in the lurch as the NSW government takes its time delivering thousands of promised places, the opposition says.

Figures from the NSW Budget estimates reveal just 7753 of 45,000 promised vacation care places have been delivered by the government so far, Labor's early childhood education spokeswoman Kate Washington says.

"Without access to vacation care and after school care, parents are being forced to turn down work or take unpaid leave," Ms Washington said in a statement on Sunday.

In the lead-up to the 2015 election, the state government promised the 45,000 places over four years as part of a $20 million investment to make life easier for working families.

Yet the budget figure estimates show only $2.7 million of the $20 million has been spent, Ms Washington says.

The government says it encourages all schools and councils with a demand for more out of school hours care to apply for a grant under the fund, which opened on August 3, 2015.

"The fund will continue to support schools and councils to work with service providers to increase their places until 2019," Early Childhood Education Minister Leslie Williams said on Sunday.

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