St Joseph’s Primary School Maclean has been given a boost to its out-of-school-hours/vacation care facility thanks to a $30,000 grant from the Nationals in Government to improve its indoor and outdoor amenities.

Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis and the Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell popped into the school on Tuesday to inspect the much-improved space.

“This service is critical to hard working families in and around Maclean so it’s great to see the Nationals in Government have been able to lend a hand and bring the building up to scratch,” Mr Gulaptis said. “The money has been well spent with freshly painted walls, the installation of a new kitchen and fridge, an air conditioner, improved flooring including a wet area, new windows and landscaping.”

“The upgrade looks terrific and the kids were over the moon about it.”

NSW Nationals Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell praised St Joseph’s Primary School for their hard work, and applying for a grant under the $20 million Before and After School Care Fund.

“As a mother of two young daughters I understand that every family has different childcare needs in different stages of their life, and it is often stressful to coordinate,” Ms Mitchell said. “I know that working families require flexibility with their childcare and this program will deliver more flexibility to more parents across the region.”

Between March 2015 and January 2019 the NSW Government has created more than 60,000 before and after school care places across the State.

The is designed to increase the number of places in out of school hours care programs across the state.