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Tuesday, 27 February 2018

The Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW and Member for Monaro John Barilaro and Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell today announced the NSW Government would inject $15 million into pre-schools across the state, to deliver the safe and engaging learning environments.

Mr Barilaro and Ms Mitchell announced the new funding while visiting Harris Park Preschool in Monaro.

Mr Barilaro said the funding boost will enhance the quality of education offered at NSW preschools, and also aims to increase the number of children attending preschools.

“The NSW Government knows how important quality early childhood education is, so we are committed to doing everything we can to ensure children across the state have the most modern and stimulating learning environments,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The funding announced today will be spent on items like shade cloths so children can play safely while enjoying the outdoors, perhaps a herb garden to teach children about food origin and preparation, or new play equipment to encourage a child’s motor skills.”

The funding is made up of the new $10 million Quality Learning Environments fund and the $5 million Capital Works Grants fund.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said the investment ensured all children across NSW had access to top quality early childhood education in the crucial years before school.

“The Liberals & Nationals have invested more every year since being in government than Labor did in their last year in office and I am proud early childhood education in NSW is finally getting the attention it deserves after years of neglect under former Labor Governments,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This record investment is making a real impact. Data from the 2017 Community Preschool Census shows not only have average daily fees reduced by 25 per cent since the implementation of the NSW Government’s Start Strong program, we have also seen the number of children attending 600 hours of preschool each year increase by a huge 40 per cent.”

The NSW Government’s $332 million Start Strong program was introduced in 2016 and has been extended until 2021 – an investment in early childhood education that has never been seen before.

The $5 million Capital Works Grants fund is aimed at increasing the number of 600 hours preschool places in NSW where there is demonstrated need. The $10 million Quality Learning Environments will not only enhance a child’s physical learning environment, but will also optimise the health and safety of children attending preschool.

For more information on the grants and how to apply, visit: