Ensuring everyone has access to early learning opportunities for young children will see West Bathurst Pre-School receive a $10,000 Community Grant from the NSW Nationals in Government.

NSW Nationals Member for Bathurst Paul Toole visited preschool director Vanessa Miller and her team to announce the funding.

“The $10,000 will be used to support West Bathurst’s pre-school bus program,” he said.

“It’s an invaluable service for parents without their own vehicle whose children attend the pre-school. Janette Gale is the driver and does the bus run, picking up the kids from home to ensure they get to preschool for the day.”

Mr Toole said the Community Grants Program was aimed at increasing the number of Aboriginal children or children from a disadvantaged background in an early childhood setting.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said it was absolutely crucial for children to experience some kind of early childhood education prior to attending school.

“We know the cognitive, social and emotional benefits a child gains from attending an early childhood education service are incredibly valuable,” Ms Mitchell said.

“As a Government, we are committed to ensuring every child, no matter where they’re from or what their background is, has access to an early childhood service.

“These grants have done a fantastic job of increasing participation in areas of high Aboriginal population or disadvantage, so I am thrilled we can continue to invest in this important initiative.”