$24 MILLION FOR PRESCHOOL EDUCATION IN LONG DAY CARE CENTRES

Written on the 21 June 2016 by Kevin Conolly

$24 MILLION FOR PRESCHOOL EDUCATION IN LONG DAY CARE CENTRES Hopskotch Kindergarten in Schofields has received a NSW Government grant to help fund a preschool programs for four and five-year-old children.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams and Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly visited the Kindergarten on Friday to meet the staff and children and discuss the funding announcement.

Mrs Williams said all children should have the same access to a quality early childhood education, regardless of the type of service they attend.

"A preschool program provides the best start to school and this Government knows that education is vital to the future success of our kids," she said.

"Hopskotch will be able to use the funding to purchase resources, develop a preschool program based on the Early Years Learning Framework and to broaden staff capability, including upgrading qualifications."

As part of the $24 million grants program all long day care services with four or five year olds will be eligible for a minimum payment of $300 per child, rising to a payment of $450 for children enrolled for 600 hours.

Four or five year olds from Aboriginal backgrounds or enrolled in services in disadvantaged areas will be eligible for a minimum payment of $450 per child, increasing to $675 for those enrolled for 600 hours.

Mr Conolly said this funding will give more local children a chance for quality early childhood education.

"This funding for Hopskotch Kindergarten, which is in our local community, demonstrates the NSW Government's commitment to provide working families with preschool education options," Mr Conolly said.

Author: Kevin Conolly

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