100 new public preschools

Information about the 100 new public preschools to be built on public primary school sites by 2027.

We are taking the first steps towards universal preschool across NSW by building 100 new public preschools on public primary school sites. This will double the number of public preschools across the state and support more children and families to prepare for Kindergarten for the best start in life and learning.

Site selection process

The NSW Government made a commitment to build 100 public preschools that are co-located with primary schools by 2027.

Of the 100 new public preschools, 13 will sit on new and redeveloped school sites, in line with the NSW Government’s commitment to provide co-located preschools in new and redeveloped schools.

The school sites for the remaining 87 public preschools have been selected in areas where the department has identified that there is a need for public preschool places to support more children to be able to access a preschool program prior to starting school. School sites have been selected based on; child development and socioeconomic data, projected demand for preschool, an infrastructure analysis and valuable insights gained through local feedback during the decision-making process.

The site selection Assessment Panel, comprised of NSW Department of Education executive members and an independent Aboriginal representative, made decisions through a robust process. This resulted in the selection of the remaining 87 preschool sites. This process occurred with oversight by an independent external reviewer and independent probity advisor.

This was followed by an independent review of the decision-making process to ensure transparency and accountability.

Information for schools

If you are a staff member at a school selected as a new preschool site, visit our Early Learning webpage for more information.

Information for families

Public preschools operate during school hours and provide play-based educational programs. Located on public school sites, they support a positive transition to school by forming strong connections between children, families and school staff, fostering a sense of belonging for children, and helping teachers to understand and meet the individual needs of children when they start school.

The Public preschool enrolment procedures (PDF 185KB) provides information for principals and parents/carers when enrolling students in preschools. They should be read in conjunction with the Enrolment of Students in NSW Government Schools policy.

If you are a parent or carer in a community selected for a new public preschool, read the below FAQs for more information on what to expect.

Frequently asked questions

The NSW Government has announced the sites of 100 new public preschools to be built by 2027. Preschools will open pending building and regulatory approvals, so please keep an eye on your school communications to find out how the work is progressing.

This is a long-term project, so schools will not be able to take enrolments at this stage.

Each school will communicate with their community on how the work is progressing, including when families can enrol.

Public preschools prioritise enrolment for:

  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children
  • children living in low socio-economic circumstances
  • children who are unable to access other early childhood settings due to financial hardship.

It is the department’s intention to make sure all public preschools remain affordable for families.

This year families will not be charged any fees to send their child to a public preschool.

Further information will be provided to local communities, including enrolment information, as the work progresses. Generally, children can enrol in preschool from the beginning of the school year if they turn 4 years of age on or before 31 July that year. Public preschools enrol children for one year only, the year before they start school.

Of the 100 new public preschools, 13 will sit on new and redeveloped school sites as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to co-locate a preschool on all new public primary school sites.

The remaining preschool sites have been selected based on educational need, child development and socioeconomic data, projected demand for preschool, an infrastructure analysis and valuable insights gained through local feedback.

The department made decisions through a clear process with independent oversight.


Albury Thurgoona*, TBC

Barrack Heights Public, Barrack Heights

Beelbangera Public, Beelbangera

Berkeley West, Berkeley

Birrong Public, Birrong

Blackett Public, Blackett

Blacktown North Public, Blacktown

Blairmount Public, Blairmount

Blaxcell Street Public, Granville

Bomaderry Public, Bomaderry

Booragul Public , Booragul

Boorowa Central, Boorowa

Bourke Public, Bourke

Bowraville Central, Bowraville

Bradbury Public, Bradbury

Cabramatta West Public, Cabramatta

Carramar Public, Carramar

Carter St Precinct*, Lidcombe

Cartwright Public, Cartwright

Cecil Hills Public, Cecil Hills

Cessnock Public , Cessnock

Chullora Public, Greenacre

Crawford Public, Doonside

Cringila Public, Cringila

Curran Public, Macquarie Fields

Deniliquin South Public, Deniliquin

Edensor Park Public, Edensor Park

Ellalong Public, Ellalong

Emerton Public, Emerton

Eschol Park Public, Eschol Park

Fairfield West Public, Fairfield West

Gables*, Gables

Gillieston Public*, Gillieston Heights

Governor Philip King Public, Edensor Park

Granville East Public, Granville

Granville South Public, Guildford

Greenway Park Public, Carnes Hill

Greenwell Point Public, Greenwell Point

Guildford Public, Guildford

Guildford West Public, Guildford West

Gulyangarri Public School*, Liverpool

Hanwood Public, Hanwood

Harcourt Public, Campsie

Hayes Park Public, Kanahooka

Hebersham Public, Hebersham

Heckenberg Public, Heckenberg

Hillvue Public, Tamworth

Jindabyne Public School*, Jindabyne

Kearns Public, Kearns

Kearsley Public, Kearsley

Kingsgrove Public, Kingsgrove

Kurri Kurri Public, Kurri Kurri

Lake Heights Public, Lake Heights

Lake Illawarra South Public, Lake Illawarra

Lansvale East Public, Cabramatta

Leeton Public, Leeton

Lennox Head Public*, Lennox Head

Leppington Public*, Leppington

Leumeah Public, Leumeah

Lynwood Park Public, Blacktown

Maryland Public, Maryland

Melonba Public*, Melonba

Melrose Park Public*, West Ryde

Menindee Central, Menindee

Miller Public, Miller

Moorland Public, Moorland

Morgan Street Public, Broken Hill

Moss Vale Public, Moss Vale

Mount Pritchard Public, Mount Pritchard

Nirimba Fields Public School*, Nirimba Fields

Nowra*, Nowra

Nulkaba Public, Nulkaba

Parkes East Public, Parkes

Parkview Public, Leeton

Prairievale Public, Bossley Park

Queanbeyan East Public, Queanbeyan

Queanbeyan South Public, Queanbeyan

Robert Townson Public, Raby

Ruse Public, Ruse

Sackville Street Public, Ingleburn

Sanctuary Point Public, Sanctuary Point

Shalvey Public, Shalvey

Sherwood Grange Public, Merrylands

Shortland Public, Shortland

Tacking Point Public, Port Macquarie

Taree Public, Taree

Tenambit Public, Tenambit

Teralba Public, Teralba

Thomas Acres Public, Ambarvale

Toomelah Public, Boggabilla

Tuggerawong Public, Tuggerawong

Umina Beach Public, Umina Beach

Villawood North Public, Fairfield East

Warialda Public,Warialda

Weston Public,Weston

William Stimson Public, Wetherill Park

Wilton Junction *, Wilton

Wollongbar Public, Wollongbar

Woodland Road Public, St Helens Park

Yagoona Public, Yagoona

*On a new or redeveloped school site

It is expected that the new preschools will open by 2027, pending building and regulatory approvals.

Building 100 new public preschools is just the beginning of our journey to universal preschool and we are committed to working closely with all early childhood education and care (ECEC) service types to understand their needs and build on their strengths to achieve this goal together in a practical way.

We are also building on our existing and new programs, including Start Strong and the Childcare and Economic Opportunity Fund, to strengthen the ECEC sector whilst making tangible steps towards universal preschool.

Got questions? Contact the 100 preschools team on 100preschools@det.nsw.edu.au or call 1800 619 113.


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