FAMILIES WIN WITH PRESCHOOL FUNDING BOOST
Written on the 15 September 2016 by Kevin Conolly
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly MP has welcomed an additional $115 million in funding by the NSW Government to make early childhood education more affordable for local families and reduce fees by an average of 30 per cent.
Mr Conolly said the NSW Government is committed to providing universal access to quality early childhood education. This funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from Aboriginal and low-income families at preschool.
"This is fantastic news for families in our community with young children," Mr Conolly said.
Starting in 2017, community preschools across the State who enrol children for at least 600 hours in the year before school will receive increased subsidies from the NSW Government, enabling them to reduce fees for families.
"This funding boost will deliver the largest single fee reduction in NSW history, making preschool more affordable so that more children will be able to participate in 600 hours or about 15 hours per week of early childhood education in community preschools and long day care centres in the year before they start school. Mr Conolly said.
Mr Conolly visited Hopscotch Kindergarten in Schofields recently to see first-hand the hard work that goes into caring and providing early education to our children before they enter the primary school system.
"We want all children in NSW to enjoy the benefits of a quality early education, wherever they live and whatever their background," said Mr Conolly.
For more information visit www.dec.nsw.gov.au/our-services/children-and-youth
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