Budget provides significant boost for early childhood education
Early Childhood Education will receive $348 million in the 2015-16 NSW Budget to enable better access to preschool and improve the transition to school for students.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said the early childhood budget is increasing by $85 million, up 32 per cent on last year.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government recognises that quality early childhood education helps students achieve better results when they reach school,” Mrs Williams said.
“This year’s Budget supports access to quality early childhood education in the year before school and will fund initiatives that help children transition from preschool to kindergarten.
“The continuation of the Government’s preschool funding model will also provide certainty to families who access community preschools in NSW. We have also increased funding to community preschools over the past two years.”
Early childhood programs funded in the State Budget include:
- Continuation of the NSW Government’s preschool funding model, which enables four and five year old children to access preschool in the year before school;
- Conducting a primary school and preschool partnership to support public schools in partnering with early childhood providers to co-locate facilities;
- Improving the transition of children from preschool to school;
- Over $2 million for scholarship programs that help early childhood educators upgrade their qualifications to a degree;
- $7,000 one-off grants for preschools in rural and remote areas to help them connect with families who are not sending their children to preschool; and
- Regulation of early childhood education and care services in NSW.