The NSW Government’s fee free preschool initiative has been extended to term four, providing young families in the Clarence and Richmond valleys with deserved relief during the difficulties caused by COVD-19, according to Clarence Nationals MP Chris Gulaptis.
“The last thing we want during this economic crisis is parents sitting around the kitchen table debating whether they can afford to have their precious charges attend preschool,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“Today’s preschoolers are tomorrow’s taxpayers so it is in everyone’s interest we help give them the best start in life.”
Research shows children who attend 600 hours of preschool in the year before they start school have better outcomes throughout their lives.
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the funding would ensure community preschools remain open and not be forced to close their doors if enrolments fall.
“Eligible services can opt in for the relief funding to allow them to provide fee relief and maintain staffing levels. Services will be contacted directly with information on how to opt in and access payments for Term 4,” Mr Perrotet said.