Thursday October 11, 2018
There will be more opportunities on offer for preschool aged kids in the Mulgoa region thanks to a $6 million infrastructure investment which will provide support for almost 400 new preschool places across the state.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the grants will allow preschool services to build, extend or renovate facilities to increase preschool places where there is evidence of high need and growing demand.
“There are more children attending preschool for 600 hours in the year before school than ever before, and the Government is making sure services are supported,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has reduced preschool fees, is continuing to improve the quality of services, and is meeting the demand for future enrolment growth through ongoing investment in infrastructure.”
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said she is proud the NSW government is investing more in early childhood education than ever before.
“The Liberals & Nationals are prioritising early childhood education after years of neglect under former Labor governments, which means children in areas like the Mulgoa region have more opportunities than ever before,” Tanya Davies said.
“The government recently announced a $197.8 million investment to subsidise all three-year-olds in community preschools, so this round of Capital Works is integral in ensuring there is enough space for the anticipated increase in enrolments in Mulgoa preschools.”
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said preschool enrolments are expected to boom in the coming years, so the Government must be prepared.
“Since the Capital Works Grants program was introduced in 2013, the NSW Government has invested $28 million to help almost 70 preschools either extend their existing preschool or build a brand new one. It is estimated that this investment has increased preschool places in NSW by more than 1500,” Ms Mitchell said.