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NSW Govt funding fails to recognise importance of preschools

Clunes Community Preschool Director, Melinda Gambley (centre left), and Lismore Parish Centre Preschool Director, Pam Briggs, with children from Lismore Parish Centre Preschool. They are hoping to highlight the funding challenges faced by preschools after funding changes came into effect this year.
Clunes Community Preschool Director, Melinda Gambley (centre left), and Lismore Parish Centre Preschool Director, Pam Briggs, with children from Lismore Parish Centre Preschool. They are hoping to highlight the funding challenges faced by preschools after funding changes came into effect this year. Marnie Johnston
THE reality of preschool funding is that NSW has the lowest rates of funding for preschools, the highest parent fees, and, not surprisingly, the lowest attendance rates.

BACKGROUND: Preschools short changed when it comes to funding

There is now overwhelming evidence for the benefits of early education - for the individual child, for families, and for the community as a whole - with economists urging governments to invest in early education in order to save later.

It is time that the NSW government and their opposition counterparts start thinking in the long term about investment in preschools and allow all children in NSW the benefits of a preschool education.

Topics:  education funding preschools



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