Waitlists at 18 early childhood education services in remote, regional and metropolitan areas will be reduced, with the NSW Government committing more than $15.5 million in capital works funding.
Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell, said this round of Start Strong Capital Works grants will create more than 600 additional community preschool places for children to attend a preschool program at least two days per week.
“We want every child in NSW to have access to a quality preschool education, no matter their background or location,” Ms Mitchell said.
“This funding will support a range of improvements, including new builds, extensions and renovations of centre-based community preschools.”
Since 2018, the NSW Government has allocated more than $62m to deliver additional community preschool places in areas of need and demand across NSW, creating more than 1,800 additional places.
This is in addition to more than $15 billion in early childhood commitments announced by the NSW Government as part of the 2022-23 budget to deliver a brighter future for every child in NSW through a revolutionary transformation of early childhood education, child development and women’s economic participation over the next decade. Through the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year, the Brighter Beginnings initiative, workforce package and affordable preschools the Liberals & Nationals Government are ensuring NSW is the best state to live, work and raise a family.