Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today announced a $20 million fund for Long Day Care services to offer preschool programs.
Mrs Williams said the funding will be made available to services later this year through the new Long Day Care National Partnership Grants Program, part of an agreement between the NSW and Commonwealth Governments to increase participation in preschool programs for four and five-year-old children in the year before school.
“This Government is committed to providing NSW children with the best possible start to set them up for future success,” Mrs Williams said.
“Long Day Care is the preferred option for many working families and children shouldn’t miss out on the opportunity to access a preschool program in the year before school. We want to provide children with same opportunity, regardless of the type of type of service they attend.”
Services will be able to use the funding to purchase resources, develop a preschool program based on the Early Years Learning Framework and to develop staff, including upgrading qualifications.
Nicole Jones, NSW State Manager at Goodstart Early Learning, said the funding will help strengthen learning programs in Long Day Care services.
“Investing in early learning is good for children and it is good for communities. This is welcome news for parents whose children access a preschool program in a Long Day Care centre,” Ms Jones said.
In 2014, the NSW Government introduced the Preschool Funding Model, committing $150 million per year for community preschools, a 20 per cent increase on previous funding levels. With the support of the National Partnership, the NSW Government is now broadening its support for preschool program delivery across the Early Childhood sector.