Jumbunna preschool is one facility in the Richmond Valley being encouraged to apply for NSW Government grants for community-based preschools. Photo Contributed
Jumbunna preschool is one facility in the Richmond Valley being encouraged to apply for NSW Government grants for community-based preschools. Photo Contributed Contributed

Richmond Valley preschools can apply for grants

Community-based preschools in the Richmond Valley are being encouraged to apply for a NSW Government grant under its $14 million Community Preschool Outreach Grants program.

Clarence MP Chris Gualptis said the grants, worth up to $15,000 each, are open to not-for-profit community preschools to help boost preschool access for local families and encourage more 4 and 5 year olds to enrol in the year before school.

“Preschools will be able to use the grant in the way that best suits them in our community, whether that’s offering a breakfast program for children, training staff about cultural barriers, or providing transport solutions,” he said.

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that more children from Aboriginal and low-income families have access to 600 hours of preschool and the real benefits this brings.

The Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said access to quality early childhood education is vital for all children regardless of where their preschool is located. 

“Research tells us that a quality preschool education for at least 600 hours in the year prior to starting primary school gives children a head start in their learning journey,” she said.

The closing date for grant applications is 27 May 2016.

For more information on the Community Preschool Outreach Grants, visit the Department of Education website at www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/funding/grants-program



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