PROBLEMS surrounding Gladstone's childcare sector are set to ease, with the introduction of a new family day care centre scheme.
Through the Rio Tinto Alcan Here for Childcare initiative, budding childcare workers are being assisted in opening their own family day care centres.
This week Tannum Sands mother Leanne Christensen became one of the first educators to receive a $5000 financial incentive as part of the scheme.
"Operating my own family day care centre gives me an opportunity to build a rewarding career, stay at home with my youngest children, and provide a nurturing and caring environment for other local children," Leanne said.
The money will not only help Leanne operate the centre, but will give other Gladstone families the opportunity to find a vacancy in a day care facility.
Up to 120 new childcare places and 30 new family day care services will be created over the next three years.
"The Here for Childcare eases the pressure in Gladstone childcare sector," a Rio Tinto Alcan spokesperson said.
In the past Rio Tinto Alcan has offered school-based traineeships as part of the Here for Childcare scheme.
What the scheme offers
120 new childcare places to open across Gladstone
30 new family day care services will be created over the next three years
Six places are now available www.hereforgladstone.com.au