Funding for early childhood education review

In 2013, a review of state funding for early childhood education was conducted by Professor Deborah Brennan. In response to the recommendations, The Minister for Education announced funding reforms, fee reductions for preschool and a capital works program.

Key findings

  • Approximately one in seven of the state's children were missing out on an early childhood education
  • 30% of NSW Government preschool funding was not focused on the target group of four to five-year-old children
  • Many four and five-year-old children were not receiving an early childhood education program with a qualified early childhood teacher, even though they were attending an early childhood service
  • Funding programs prior to 2013 were poorly targeted and not directed at NSW strategic priorities for early childhood.



  • School operations
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