2019 NSW Budget builds on commitment to ECE
The NSW Government has allocated $526.7 million to early childhood education in 2019-20 to provide the best start in life for young children.
This includes an injection of funds for the Start Strong program to support preschool education in community preschools and long day care centres across New South Wales.
Funding support is being provided to all three-year olds in community preschools from 1 January 2019 to support universal access to two years of early childhood education, continuing the commitment made in the 2018-19 Budget.
The NSW Government’s budget has also allocated State funding of $20 million over four years to increase the number of community preschool places in areas of need and demand. This is in addition to the $42.1m allocated to support additional preschool places in the 2018/19 NSW Budget.
The NSW Government’s Start Strong program includes a suite of initiatives aimed at making life easier for hardworking NSW families, as well as improving educational outcomes for the State’s youngsters. Some of these programs include:
- The Quality Learning Environments program, which aims to enhance the physical or educational learning environments at community preschools and not-for-profit long day care centres through minor capital works, infrastructure and specialised educational programs;
- Community Grants, which are being used by community preschools and not-for-profit long day care centres to increase the number of Aboriginal and disadvantaged children participating in early childhood education; and,
- Start Strong Pathways, which provides programs and initiatives that support the early learning needs of young children by linking with preschool programs and providing families with a pathway into early childhood education.
More information about the NSW Government’s Start Strong program can be found here.
Category: June 2019,