Minister defends preschool funding

THE NSW Government has defended its changes to the way preschools are funded, saying many preschools are able to increase their funding under the new model.

NSW Minister for Community Services Kevin Greene issued a statement in response to The Northern Star's front page story on Friday in which a number of local preschool administrators were critical of the new system.

Mr Greene said the Iemma Government had delivered a 20 per cent increase in preschool funding in the last year, bringing its budget for preschool services in NSW to $100 million.

“We consulted with the preschool industry and there was widespread agreement changes were needed to make services more viable and stronger,” Mr Greene said.

“We are also spending $21 million this year for extra places for 10,500 four-year-olds to attend preschool and $8 million to help the most disadvantaged and remote children go to preschool.

“Under the new funding model preschools are funded for the actual number of children who attend, to encourage preschools to have as many children as possible attend for two days a week.

“If preschools adopt these priorities, their funding can increase.”



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