Getting on with the job: 362 new preschool places

5 March 2014

Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli today said that work was continuing on a $5.6 million capital works program which will create an additional 362 preschool places in NSW.

Mr Piccoli said the funding has enabled the construction of three new preschools and the extension of 10 preschools to provide additional places. "New centres are being built at Woy Woy South, Orange and Alstonville," Mr Piccoli said. "Existing services will be extended at Bundanoon, Dubbo, West Dubbo, Wingham, Finley, Old Bar, Gulgong, Bellbird, Oberon and Wollongbar.

"While 362 places will be created, the increased capacity of services is likely to benefit many more children across the State.

"The NSW Government is committed to increasing the number of children who attend preschool in the year before school because of the proven benefit in educational outcomes.

"By providing additional funding for these projects, we are able to help preschools build the facilities to increase their capacity.

"Last year the NSW Government also announced a new funding model for preschools which made $150 million available to community preschools across NSW, a 20% increase on 2013 funding.

"The new funding model is based on the recommendation of the Brennan Review - that access to early childhood education should be more effectively directed to four and five year old children and to Aboriginal and disadvantaged children," Mr Piccoli said.

"The new funding model also aims to meet the NSW State Plan target of ensuring that all children in NSW have access to preschool programs in their year before school."

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