Long Day Care centres encouraged to apply for funding
Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams this week visited Lake Cathie Children’s Cottage to speak with staff about NSW Government funding that will support education programs in Long Day Care centres.
Mrs Williams said $20 million has been made available for these services to offer preschool programs in the year before school.
“Funding will be made available to services by October and I would encourage long day care centres to return their funding contracts and payment information to the Department of Education,” Mrs Williams said.
“We have extended the applications by a week so that services who haven’t applied can do so. I urge all centres to get their applications in by Friday, 28 August.
“The staff at Lake Cathie Children’s Cottage have already got their application in and I urge all other long day care centres to do the same,” Mrs Williams said.
Lake Cathie Children’s Cottage owner, Denielle Dietrich said the funding will be used to provide resources for two classrooms.
“I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Long Day Care centres to access funding and I would encourage operators to get their applications in as soon as possible,” Mrs Dietrich said.
Leslie Williams said, “Long Day Care is the preferred option for many working families. We want to provide children with the same opportunity, regardless of the type of service they attend.
“Services can use the funding to purchase resources, develop a preschool program based on the Early Years Learning Framework and to broaden staff capability, including upgrading qualifications.
“Community Preschools in our area have already benefited from this Government’s reforms and I am pleased to announce that we are extending this to Long Day Care centres,” Mrs Williams said.
The new Long Day Care National Partnership Grants Program is part of an agreement between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments to increase participation in preschool programs for four and five-year-old children in the year before school.