The Nationals in Government are encouraging regional preschools to apply for a $4 million Capital Works Grants program, which is now open for applications.

NSW Nationals Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said this funding was part of the Government’s $42.1 million investment in building new, and expanding existing early childhood services across the State.

“In March, Minister Sarah Mitchell visited Myall Lakes and spoke to a number of childcare centres about their plans for upgrades, this funding will help improve and expand preschools across our communities,” Mr Bromhead said. “There are more children attending 600 hours of preschool in NSW than ever before, this is why we need to support services to ensure the appropriate infrastructure is in place to accommodate for the growing number of enrolments in preschools.”

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said this round of grants would accommodate an additional 230 preschool places across the State.

“Through the creation of more preschool places, even more children in NSW will have access to a top-quality early childhood education, which will set them up for life,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This Government knows how important an early childhood education is on a child’s emotional, social and cognitive development, so it is crucial we support services to nurture kids to be the best they can be in the years before school.”

The Start Strong Capital Works Grants program is open to all not-for-profit community preschools in NSW and can be used to build new services, extend or renovate existing services, or respond to crisis situations. Applications will be open until early August 2019 and can be submitted via SmartyGrants. For more information, visit the Department of Education website.