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NEW SHADE CLOTHS, KITCHEN GARDENS AND JUNGLE GYMS ON THE WAY FOR MONARO’S PRESCHOOLS
Monday, 25 June 2018
Member for Monaro John Barilaro has today visited Cooma North Preschool to announce that 8 preschools in the Monaro will benefit from their share of $94,735, which will go towards enhancing the quality of their service.
Mr Barilaro said he was happy to announce the following preschools have been successful in applying for the NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments fund:
– Braidwood Preschool – $14,100
– Bungendore Preschool – $11,500
– Captains Flat Community Preschool – $5,346
– Cooma Lambie Street Preschool – $11,820
– Cooma North Preschool – $8,000
– Karabar Preschool – $15,000
– Waratah Preschool – $13,969
– Harris Park Preschool – $15,000
“These preschools are showing an ongoing commitment to ensuring children in the Monaro have access to top quality early childhood education, which, as the local member, makes me extremely proud,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The NSW Government is working hard to support our local preschools as they work day in, day out to teach and foster the growth of our region’s youngest kids.”
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said she is extremely proud of the Quality Learning Environments fund and the response from the sector has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Not only will this funding improve the quality of the learning environment for children right across the state, parents can also rest assured that their children are having the best start to their educational journeys as possible,” she said.
“Preschools will be able to use this funding to cover items like shade cloths so children can play safely outdoors, kitchen gardens to teach children where their food comes from, or an outdoor jungle gym to encourage a child’s hand-eye coordination.”
The Quality Learning Environments program was introduced in 2018 and is part of the NSW Government’s $332 million Start Strong Program, which was introduced in 2016 and has been extended to 2021.
During his visit to Cooma North Preschool, Mr Barilaro toured the preschool and spoke to the staff and students about other projects and upgrades that are currently underway.
“Late last year I announced $27,500 for major upgrades to the preschool, including a bathroom refurbishment and upgrades to the kitchen and playroom flooring,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It’s great to see that staff and students are benefitting from the completed flooring upgrade and bathroom renovation, with work on the kitchen planned to begin in July.
“Additionally, Cooma North Preschool recently received a further $6,600 in funding to go towards increasing the number of disadvantaged children participating in quality childhood education in the year before school.
“All together, this is over $42,000 in recent additional funding for Cooma North Preschool, and it is clear that they are putting this money to good use for the benefit of every student.”