Preschools in the Monaro Electorate are getting financial support during the drought, with the Nationals in Government announcing a $3 million package for a number of community preschools in NSW.
NSW Nationals Leader, Deputy Premier and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said these drought payments will ensure preschools in Bombala, Delegate, Nimmitabel, Cooma, Captains Flat, Braidwood and Bungendore can continue to operate.
“Times are tough, but people in the Monaro are resilient and we need to keep functioning as normally as possible,” Mr Barilaro said. “We know how crucial it is to continue to support families and businesses in areas who are struggling.”
Preschools to receive funding in the Monaro include:
- Delegate & District Preschool — $4200
- Bombala Preschool Kindergarten — $3600
- Nimmitabel Preschool — $4000
- Monaro Mobile Preschool — $4700
- Cooma Lambie Street Preschool — $7800
- Cooma North Preschool — $6200
- Captains Flat Community Preschool — $4000
- Braidwood Preschool — $10,800
- Bungendore Preschool — $16,200
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said it was crucial the Nationals in Government continued to support families to ensure children always had access to top quality early childhood education, no matter where they lived or what their circumstances were.
“There are numerous social and economic flow-on affects from the drought, which affect businesses and communities just like those across the Monaro,” Ms Mitchell said. “Our goal is to help alleviate some of the pressure on families by supporting early childhood services where attendance may have dropped due to socioeconomic pressures, and also to boost service operators coping with additional challenges.”
Funding will be allocated to services based on their enrolment numbers and location, and will be scaled according to the level of drought intensity. Services can use this funding to assist families and children in a range of ways, including transport arrangements to maintain preschool participation, crisis planning or fee subsidies to further support families.
To date the NSW Nationals in Government have committed more than $1 billion to help those who are struggling as a result of the drought.