ENHANCING QUALITY CHILD CARE FACILITIES FOR OUR YOUNGSTERS

Written on the 24 October 2019 by Kevin Conolly

ENHANCING QUALITY CHILD CARE FACILITIES FOR OUR YOUNGSTERS

More pre-schoolers throughout our community will have access to better quality early childhood learning facilities and specialised educational programs, thanks to the NSW Government's Quality Learning Environments program.

Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly today announced the following preschools and not-for-profit long day care centres in the Riverstone electorate will receive grants under the program:

Goodstart Early Learning Quakers Hill - $7,674.73
Goodstart Early Learning Glenwood - $1,063.91
Western Sydney University Early Learning Blacktown - $9,328.55

Mr Conolly visited the Goodstart Early Learning Centre on Bali Drive in Quakers Hill to meet with Goodstart Early Learning's area manager Susan O'Keefe and centre Director Michelle Hollier Newsome and see first-hand the value being added by use of the grant in upgrading their outdoor facilities.

"I am thrilled that the littlest learners in our local community will benefit from this funding now and for years to come," Mr Conolly said.

"These grants to not-for-profit centres can be used to make physical improvements to early childhood services, like new gardens, jungle gyms or bathroom renovations, and can also assist the rollout of new learning programs, like music lessons or yoga classes.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said it is crucial to continue to invest in the State's youngest learners.

"Research shows the cognitive, social and emotional benefits a quality early childhood education has on our children, so it is important that as a Government we continue to make these important investments."

"Our future doctors, lawyers, farmers and teachers are being shaped in our preschools and long day care centres as we speak, so an investment in them really is an investment in our future." Ms Mitchell said.

"We are so lucky to be able to have access to grants like this one as it gives us an opportunity to improve our centre environments and resources for children attending the centre. We want the best outcomes for children, and we know that developing a strong foundation for life can happen in the first five years," said Michelle Hollier Newsome (Centre Director).

For more information, visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/quality-learning-environments-program-guidelines-2019 .


Author: Kevin Conolly

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