Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

FUNDING BOOST FOR MULGOA PRESCHOOLS

Thursday December 3, 2015

Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies MP today announced all community preschools in Mulgoa will receive a 2.5 per cent increase in funding in 2016 and may be eligible for bonus payments of up to 5 per cent.

 

Tanya Davies MP said the extra support for community preschools is part of a $45.5 million package from the NSW Government to increase the number of children attending preschool in the year before school.

 

Tanya Davies visited Harold Wheen Preschool in St Clair to announce this funding boost. 

 

“We know the difference that quality early childhood education makes to our kids when they start school,” Tanya Davies said.

 

Angielina, Director of Harold Wheen Preschool, said “Our preschool has been serving the community with quality education for the past 27 years and anticipates we will continue to do this for many more years to come with the ongoing support of the NSW Government.”

 

Angielina and her team are excited about the Government’s initiative to invest an additional $13 million into preschools over the next four years as it means better staff to child ratios and assistance to keep fees as low as possible in order to relieve families of the financial costs of sending their child to preschool.

 

“We are known for assisting families and children with their transition to school and congratulate the Government’s decision to ensure more children are given this opportunity,” said Angielina.

 

In addition, the NSW Government is providing bonus payments to services who enrol four and five year old children for 15 hours per week. If services can demonstrate an increase in the enrolment of these children, in their last year before formal schooling, a bonus payment will be made. This payment will be up to 5 per cent of their total funding.

 

In many instances, services will have four and five year olds enrolled for two days a week, so enrolling your child for an extra half-day could mean a substantial bonus payment for your community preschool. 

 

The NSW Government is providing $45.5 million in additional funding to support community preschools in 2016:

 

  • $13 million over four years to increase base funding rates by 2.5 per cent;
  • $11 million in bonus payments to reward services that enrol more four and five year olds for 15 hours per week;
  • $4 million over two years to provide business advice and support to preschools;
  • $12 million over four years for a ‘Preschools for Sustainable Communities’ program, to help maintain viability for community preschools in rural and remote areas; and
  • $5.5 million over three years to improve the collection of data from services.