Twelve preschools in the Upper Hunter will have access to an improved early childhood education, thanks to a Nationals in Government initiative.

Michael Johnsen, the NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter, said these grants were making a big difference to preschools in the region.

“A total of $141,387.30 has been invested in community preschools in the Upper Hunter, as part of our Quality Learning Environments program, which will fund improvements to preschool grounds and buildings as well as specialised educational programs for children,” Mr Johnsen said. “In this round of Quality Learning Environments grants, funds have been allocated for specialised educational programs, along with service enhancements such as playground renovations or new carpet.”

The Nationals in Government are committed to supporting preschools to ensure our littlest learners are getting access to the best quality early childhood education possible. These grants have eased some of the pressure off preschools in ensuring children are getting access to top quality early childhood education.

“As a parent and now a grandfather myself, I know that often preschools have to rely on fundraising efforts to ensure their service is up-to-scratch physically, and to deliver programs that are more niche,” Mr Johnsen said. “This funding will ensure all our local children will have the opportunity of a positive early childhood education experience and actually really enjoy their time at preschool.”