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Boost in funding for preschool programs

11 November 2015
NSW community preschools will receive funding of $45.5 million for programs to increase the number of children attending preschool in the year before they start school.
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Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said the additional funding aims to boost the number of young children from low-income and Aboriginal families enrolled in the top two NAPLAN bands of schools.

“The initiatives announced today will increase the number of four and five-year-old children enrolled in quality preschool programs in the year before full-time school. The focus is on increasing enrolments of children from low-income and Aboriginal families, ensuring that cost or location are not barriers to participation,” Mrs Williams said.

The funding includes:

  • $13 million over four years to increase base funding rates by 2.5 per cent
  • $11 million for bonus payments of up to 15 per cent of a service’s base rate, to reward centres that enrol more four and five-year-olds for 15 hours per week
  • $4 million over two years to provide business advice and support to preschools
  • $5.5 million over three years to improve the collection of data from services
  • $12 million over four years for the Preschools for Sustainable Communities program, to help maintain viability for community preschools in rural and remote areas.

The additional program funding commences in 2016.

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