NSW 2017/18 Budget: Start Strong Funding extended
To ensure affordability is not a barrier for families with young children, the NSW Government has allocated an additional $217 million in funding over four years to 2021 to support universal access to early childhood education.
This builds on the success of the Government's Start Strong initiative, announced in 2016.
The Start Strong reforms link needs-based funding to 600 hours of enrolment in quality early childhood education in the year before school, aiming to encourage increased levels of participation by all eligible children.
Through Start Strong, funding is targeted to the children who need it most, across the community preschool and long day care sectors. The extended program also ensures Aboriginal and disadvantaged children will continue to receive additional support for two years in the year before school.
The NSW Government's 2017-18 budget ensures that every child in NSW participates in a quality early childhood education program in the year before school.
We know investing in the early years is one of the most important actions governments can take to build a more prosperous future for our society.