Long Day Care Funding

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The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that all children in New South Wales can participate in 600 hours of quality preschool education in the year before school, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.

To ensure that affordability is not a barrier for families with young children, the NSW Government has allocated $30 million to support 600 hour enrolments of the most disadvantaged children in long day care centres.

For further details see Start Strong FAQs.

The Commonwealth Government has primary responsibility for supporting families to access long day care services and for the administration of payments to services and parents through the Child Care Benefit and the Child Care Rebate.

As such, the majority of long day care services are not affected by the new funding arrangements for State funded community preschools.

A very small number of long day care services do receive funding under the NSW Government Long Day Care Grants program, which is a closed and historical funding program.

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that the State funding provided to the long day care sector is directed toward supporting early childhood education priorities.

As a first step to longer-term reform, current funding allocations will be retained but an additional requirement will be introduced whereby services will be expected to have an early childhood teacher delivering their preschool programs.

More information on these changes will be communicated directly to peak sector organisations and to services funded under this program.

Contact the ECE Information and Enquiries team:

1300 755 426



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