The COVID crisis has been hard on all of us but it’s been especially tough on working families, particularly those employed on the frontline. I understand that working parents are under a lot of pressure at the moment and I know that it’s crucial for families to continue to have access to early childhood education and care.
That’s why I’m delighted to inform you that parents in NSW will not have to pay preschool fees for up to six months thanks to a $51 million funding package announced by the NSW Government today.
The funding will be available to 700 State-funded community preschools and 38 mobile services that provide care to 45,000 three to five year olds.
Community preschools that opt into this will be required to remain open so that families and children can continue to access their local preschool service.
This announcement provides funding certainty for preschools in an unpredictable time, ensuring preschool teachers and educators can be confident they will remain employed.
This funding is in addition to the NSW Government’s commitment to maintain Start Strong funding for preschools based on service enrolments before COVID-19.
If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact my office via email.