Alstonville preschool parents challenging education Minister Adrian Piccoli at Clunes in 2009.
Alstonville preschool parents challenging education Minister Adrian Piccoli at Clunes in 2009.

Alstonville preschool calls for help after funding shortfall

ALSTONVILLE pre school is calling for "a bigger slice" of the funding cake with a current shortfall of $60,000 needed to build its new premises.

The call came on the day Education Minister Adrian Piccoli announced $1.5 million in funding for Alstonville High and just weeks after Premier Mike Baird announced a $40 million super school would be built at Ballina if the Coalition is returned to power.

Alstonville pre school president Katherine Buckley said the disparity in spending on education by the Baird government was astounding.

"There needs to be the same level of importance attached to early childhood education as there is to primary and secondary education," she said.

"Early childhood education needs a bigger slice of the cake."

Mrs Buckley said parents in NSW paid the highest fees for childcare in Australia.

Mrs Buckley said they were grateful for the $384,880 state grant, but despite contributions from council, community grants and fundraising, they were still $60,000 short on the funds needed to complete the school on the Crawford Park site.



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