2019 Funding Subsidy Update

Funding for non-equity three year olds attending community preschools will be introduced in 2019 as part of the NSW government’s extension to Start Strong announced in the 2018-19 Budget.

Priority of Access guidelines will continue to apply under Start Strong, with priority given to children in the year before school and children in greatest need. These guidelines are aligned with our obligations under the National Partnership Agreement, to ensure universal access to early childhood education for all children enrolled in the year before school for 600 hours, and a focus on ensuring participation by Aboriginal children and disadvantaged children.

To support the ongoing prioritisation of these groups, under the 2019 funding arrangements, subsidies for non-equity 3 year olds will be set at a proportion of the equivalent year before school base rate.

This funding will be escalated over four years: 25 per cent in 2019, 30 per cent in 2020, 40 per cent in 2021 and 50 per cent in 2022.

The table of sliding scale subsidy rates is below:


Subsidy (% of YBFS rate)







2022 (and ongoing)


To assist services with planning, the Start Strong funding calculator has been developed.

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