Families win with preschool funding win
Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead and Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today visited local preschools to discuss a package that will reduce community preschool fees by an average of 30 per cent.
Mr Bromhead said the $115 million funding by the NSW Government for the Start Strong program is committed to providing universal access to quality early childhood education.
“This is fantastic news for local families with young children. The funding boost will deliver the largest single fee reduction in NSW history, making preschool more affordable so that more children will be able to participate in 600 hours a year – or about 15 hours per week – of early childhood education in community preschools and long day care centres in the year before they start school” said Mr Bromhead.
“Parents who send their kids to local community preschools like Nabiac and District Preschool, Girrawong Preschool and Taree Community Preschool will see their fees drop by an average of 30 per cent.
“This funding boost shows the NSW Government is serious about helping more families access early childhood education, especially for children from Aboriginal or low-income backgrounds.”
Starting in 2017, community preschools across the state who enrol children for at least 600 hours in the year before school will receive increased subsidies from the NSW Government, enabling them to reduce fees for families.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said the funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from Aboriginal and low-income families at preschool or long day care.
“Research shows that a quality preschool education for at least 600 hours a year gives children a head start in their learning journey,” Mrs Williams said.
Mr Bromhead also congratulated Pacific Palms resident and Annabelle’s Day Care Centre teacher Leanne Lane and Alison Ruby Hopkins from Wingham and District Preschool Kindergarten for being granted a Rural and Remote Early Childhood Teaching Scholarship.
“Leanne and Alison will receive up to $10,000 from the NSW Government to help with the costs of upgrading their qualification to a four-year Bachelor’s degree.” Mr Bromhead said.