Alstonville Community Preschool opens after $385,000 NSW Government grant
The NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education, Leslie Williams, today officially opened Alstonville Community Preschool.
The preschool was funded under the Department of Education’s $5 million Community Preschool Capital Works Grants program.
Mrs Williams said the NSW Government is committed to increasing the number of places in rural and remote preschools.
"This Preschool is a fantastic addition to the Alstonville community and I am delighted that the NSW Government assisted with its construction costs.
“I know that access to early childhood education is important for children, families and communities like Alstonville.” Mrs Williams said.
Alstonville Community Preschool received $384,881 to aid construction of the new building. It is the fifth project funded under the Community Preschool Capital Works Grants program to be completed and the first to deliver new premises.
Building on the success of this initiative, Minister Williams recently announced a new $8 million Capital Works Grants program.
Ben Franklin MLC said the preschool will ensure that children in Alstonville and surrounding towns will have the opportunity to access quality early childhood education close to home.
“Today’s opening is the result of the community working together to build a preschool that will be of great benefit to the town.
“I encourage other preschools in the area who are looking to rebuild, refurbish, or extend their services to apply for a grant.” Mr Franklin said.
Further details about the Community Preschool Capital Works Grants program are available on the Department of Education website – www.dec.nsw.gov.au/ecec
PHOTO: Children singing at the Alstonville Community Pre School Opening