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Katrina welcomes $7,000 grants for local preschools

Member for Cootamundra, Katrina Hodgkinson has announced that eight preschools in the Cootamundra electorate will receive $7,000 each to improve access to preschool for children in rural and remote communities.

Katrina said the initiative will provide one-off grants of $7,000 to community preschools in outer regional, remote and very remote areas.

“This Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment for universal access to quality early childhood education in rural and remote areas,” Katrina said.

 

“We have long recognised that students achieve better results when they are able to access quality early childhood education before they enrol at a primary school level.

 

“The program is part of the Government’s rural and remote education blueprint, and is designed to support preschools’ outreach initiatives, improving engagement and universal access for hard to reach and vulnerable children in these areas.”

 

Katrina said the preschools benefiting from the program are:

 

Bland Pre-School

West Wyalong

Grenfell Pre-School

Grenfell

Pied Piper Pre-School

Ganmain

Ariah Park Pre-School

Ariah Park

Ardlethan Pre-School

Ardlethan

Temora Pre-School Kindergarten

Temora

Weddin Mobile Preschool Service

Grenfell

Cowra Early Childhood Services - Mobile Preschool

Cowra

 

“This initiative helps early educators connect with families who are not sending their children to preschool and ensures children who are located in rural areas are able to access to a quality early childhood education,” Katrina said.

 

Services will be required to agree to grant conditions and use the funding for activities such as:

  • developing information resources to support parents in accessing and engaging with the preschool;
  • engaging with the local Aboriginal community to encourage preschool participation;
  • establishing partnerships with local schools, councils or bus providers, to provide transport to preschool for local children; and
  • providing IT skills training to preschool staff to increase the online presence of the preschool.

 

The Department of Education will be in contact with eligible preschools in September to provide further details.

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