24 million for preschool education in long day care centres
Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today announced $23.6 million will be made available to long day care services to support the delivery of preschool programs for four and five-year-old children in the year before school.
Mrs Williams said the NSW State Government is committed to universal access to early childhood education and supports participation in quality preschool programs within long day care services.
“This round of Long Day Care National Partnership Grants funding demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to provide working families with preschool education options,” Mrs Williams said.
“The grant payment supports participation in a quality preschool program, with additional bonus payments to encourage children to attend a preschool program for the recommend 600 hours per year,”
"This Government knows that education is vital to the future success of our children and a preschool program provides the best start to school.”
All four or five year olds will be eligible for a minimum payment of $300 per child, rising to a payment of $450 for children enrolled for 600 hours. Four or five year olds from Aboriginal backgrounds or enrolled in services in disadvantaged areas will be eligible for a minimum payment of $450 per child, increasing to $675 for those enrolled for 600 hours.
President of Australian Childcare Alliance NSW, Nesha O’Neil said ensuring access to at least 600 hours of affordable, high quality early childhood education and care is vital to the children of NSW.
“The additional funding for children who are considered vulnerable and disadvantaged will reap significant long-term rewards”.