Children from low income families and Aboriginal children living in the Riverstone electorate will now have additional support to participate in 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the two years prior to school.
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said that six early childhood services across the Riverstone electorate will receive grants that will allow preschool students to engage and learn in their earliest years.
“Grants of up to $10,000 to each provider have been approved for a range of activities to support participation by children from low income families and Aboriginal children placed in a preschool program,” Mr Conolly said.
The following providers have received the grants:
- Catholic Early Learning Centre St John XXIII Parish, Glenwood-Stanhope Gardens
- Kids’ Early Learning Blacktown City Quakers Hill North
- Kids’ Early Learning Blacktown City Quakers Hill preschool
- Norwest Christian College
- Kids’ Early Learning Blacktown City Quakers Hill
- Kids Early Learning Blacktown City Riverstone
“COVID-19 has really challenged our community over the past two years. Early learning services play a critical role in supporting children and their families. It’s fantastic to see this funding being made available to support the work of these services across the Riverstone electorate.” Mr Conolly said.
Funding may be used for a range of activities that improve participation in early childhood education, including providing breakfast programs and working with local Aboriginal community members to conduct Aboriginal art programs.
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said these grants will enable services in the Riverstone electorate to provide educational activities that will strengthen the foundations of children’s learning in those crucial years before school.
“The NSW Government is committed to increasing educational access to quality early childhood education services, particularly for children from low income families and those from Aboriginal families,” Ms Mitchell said.
“They’ll also be able to provide access to specialised staff to deliver targeted support to children and their families.”
For more information, visit the Department of Education website.