New grants boost children’s access to quality play
A new program is providing extra support to community preschools to enhance their physical environments, with a focus on improving quality.
Under the new Quality Learning Environments program, grants of up to $15,000 (excluding GST) were made available to services to enhance their learning environments, for example with minor construction, equipment or other resources to help provide inclusive, safe and supportive preschools that contribute to positive experiences and outcomes for children.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and Minister for Early Childhood Education and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell, congratulated some of the recipients at recent visits to preschools.
Heathcote Preschool will be using their funding to promote outdoor play, by remodelling the outdoor garden area and installing new water pumps. The changes will encourage children at the service to explore the outdoors more and to engage and learn in a natural environment.
West Bathurst will use their grant to upgrade drainage in the preschool’s outdoor area by installing small retaining walls, draining pits and agricultural drainage pipes. This will create a safer environment for children to play and learn in.
Premier Berejiklian said parents can rest assured that their children are having the best possible start to their educational journeys. She said future farmers, teachers and nurses are being shaped in our early childhood education services and the grants are helping services to provide children with the best possible learning environments.
Applicants to the program were asked to link grant requests to needs identified in their service’s Quality Improvement Plan.
All community preschools, including mobile preschools were eligible to apply to the program, provided they met the criteria in the program guidelines.
Category: July 2018,