WHAT started as a funding announcement for pre schools turned controversial today when NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli was confronted by a protest on his visit to Clunes pre-school.

Mr Piccoli was at Clunes to announce a $25 million program to give all children access to pre-school by reducing fees for children aged four and five.

The announcement will see pre school fees drop by about 50% in regional areas and provide a $5 million capital works fund for pre schools across NSW.

Before the announcement Mr Piccoli was confronted by parents and children from Alstonville Pre School protesting about a lack of funding which could see the pre school have to close at the end of the year.

This could leave 75 families unable to access pre school education as all other pre schools in the area are full.



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