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Melinda Pavey with Minister for Early Childhood Education, Sarah Mitchell

Our littlest learners have been placed front and centre, thanks to the NSW Liberal/National Government today announcing a multi-million package to provide financial support for community preschools.

The Relief Payments aim to alleviate some of the pressure on families by supporting early childhood services where attendance may have dropped due to economic pressures, and also to boost service operators coping with additional challenges.

The funding will assist families and children in a range of ways, including transport arrangements to maintain preschool participation, crisis planning or fee subsidies to further support families.

For the Oxley region, there are 21 pre-schools set to receive a helping hand. These are:

– Comboyne Pre-School, $3000
– Wauchope Pre-School Kindergarten, $8200
– Long Flat Pre-School, $3000
– Crescent Head Community Pre-School, $4600
– Scribbly Gum Dalai, $4600
– Kempsey Preschool Long Day Care Centre, $3800
– Dalaigur Pre-School, $10,300
– Lower Macleay Pre-School, $5600
– South West Rocks Pre-School, $6200
– Eungai Pre-School, $3100
– Upper Macleay Pre-School, $3000
– Stuarts Point Pre-School, $3000
– Giiguy Gamambi Pre-School, $5300
– Bowraville Community Pre-School, $6300
– Nambucca Heads Pre-School, $5700
– Valla Community Pre-School, $8500
– Urunga Pre-School, $6100
– Kalang Preschool, $3000
– Bellingen Pre-School, $4800
– Orama Pre-School, $3000
– Dorrigo Pre-School, $5000

It’s important to underscore how crucial early childhood education is and that support for early childhood services operating continues during the ebbs and flow of families’ incomes.

Education is the foundation upon which our children can keep building in order to reach their potential. Education changes lives, and to the families doing it tough, we want to help, and we will continue to support you as much as possible through these challenging times.

With a strong foundation, children will keep learning throughout their lives, keep achieving and attain the opportunities they deserve.

Payments will be made in October to eligible community preschools.