Member for Lismore Thomas George and Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today met with local preschool directors at UnitingCare Murwillumbah Preschool to discuss funding that will reduce community preschool fees by an average of 30 per cent.

Mr George said the $115 million funding by the NSW Government for the Start Strong program is committed to providing universal access to quality early childhood education.

“This is fantastic news for local families with young children and it was great to meet with local preschool directors,” Mr George said.

“This funding boost will deliver the largest single fee reduction in NSW history, making preschool more affordable so that more children will be able to participate in 600 hours a year – or about 15 hours per week – of early childhood education in community preschools and long day care centres in the year before they start school”

Under this funding increase from 2017 the per child amount for four and five year olds that attend UnitingCare Murwillumbah Preschool will rise from $4,013 to $6,413 for children that enrol for 15 hours a week.

“This funding boost shows the NSW Government is serious about helping more families access early childhood education, especially for children from Aboriginal or low-income backgrounds.”

Starting in 2017, community preschools across the State who enrol children for at least 600 hours in the year before school will receive increased subsidies from the NSW Government, enabling them to reduce fees for families.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said the funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from Aboriginal and low-income families at preschool or long day care.

“Research shows that a quality preschool education for at least 600 hours a year gives children a head start in their learning journey,” Mrs Williams said.

“We want all children in NSW to enjoy the benefits of a quality early education, wherever they live and whatever their background.”

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
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Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.