RELIEF FOR PRESCHOOLS ACROSS THE MONARO

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RELIEF FOR PRESCHOOLS ACROSS THE MONARO


Services looking after our state’s littlest learners will have some relief during this tough drought period, with the NSW Government announcing a $3 million package to provide financial support for community preschools in NSW.
The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the 2018 Drought Relief Payments will ensure that early childhood education services in the Monaro can continue to operate during the adverse economic conditions associated with the drought period.
“It is crucial we support families and businesses across the Monaro who are struggling,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Times are tough, but people in the Monaro are resilient and we need to keep functioning as normally as possible.”
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the payments will provide funding to affected community preschool and mobile preschool services to ensure they can continue to operate in adverse circumstances.
“Services can use this funding to assist families and children in a range of ways, including transport arrangements to maintain preschool participation, crisis planning or fee subsidies to further support families,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“This year has been one of the driest winters on record, which is why the NSW Government has committed more than $1 billion to date to help those who are struggling.”
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said it is crucial the NSW Government continues to support families to ensure children always have access to top quality early childhood education, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.
“The Liberals & Nationals understand there are numerous social and economic flow-on affects from the drought, which affect local businesses and communities, Ms Mitchell said.
“Our goal is to help alleviate some of the pressure on families by supporting early childhood services where attendance may have dropped due to socioeconomic pressures, and also to boost service operators coping with additional challenges.”
Funding will be allocated to services based on their enrolment numbers and location, and will be scaled according to the level of drought intensity.
Further information is also available on the Department of Education’s website.