More children in the Dubbo electorate will have access to a quality early childhood education, with the NSW Nationals in Government announcing more than $55,000 in funding for centres to invest in attendance-encouraging initiatives.

Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the funding – part of the NSW Nationals in Government’s Community Grants program – aimed to increase the number of Aboriginal children and children from disadvantaged backgrounds attending a preschool program.

“Services in our region and across NSW were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $100,000 to support transport initiatives like new buses or vehicles to make it easier for children to get to a service,” he said.

“They could also apply for grants of up to $10,000 to invest in a range of activities like breakfast programs and Aboriginal culture classes to further encourage preschool attendance.”

The following services were successful:

  • Dubbo West Preschool – $35,361.62 to purchase cultural resources and a totem pole climbing frame, as well as a vehicle and operational costs
  • Gowrie Dubbo – $10,000 towards a preschool minibus
  • Buninyong Preschool – $10,000 towards the purchase of cultural resources, as well as staff development

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said it is 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.”