Start Strong: $30 million boost for long day care

22 April 2017

More than 2400 long day care centres across the state will receive a share of a $30 million funding boost as part of the NSW Government's Start Strong reforms.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said we know the success of a child's education on their last day of school is determined by their very first day of school.

"Two thirds of NSW working families access long day care and this $30 million investment will improve education outcomes and the quality of long day care services in NSW," Mrs Mitchell said.  

"We are backing our kids to give them the best start in life and I am proud more children than ever before have access to quality early childhood education."

The $30 million investment will be rolled out from May for children aged four and above, with funding weighted accordingly for children meeting additional criteria – providing more support for those families who need it most. 

Services may use funds to purchase resources, develop a new program based on the Early Years Learning Framework or support staff development.

The $30 million funding is part of Start Strong, a $115 million investment in community preschools and long day care services aimed at making 600 hours of early childhood education more affordable.

Mrs Mitchell said children who attend 600 hours of early childhood education in the year before school arrive at school ready for ongoing learning and the benefits of this are evident throughout their lives.

"Since 2011 the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has invested more than $1.6 billion in improving early childhood education in NSW with more than $382 million this financial year alone," Mrs Mitchell said. 

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