Capital Works to expand ECE

Families in NSW will have more opportunities to find preschool places with the allocation of $8 million in grants to upgrade services.

Following an open application process, 28 services from across NSW will receive funding through Capital Works Grants, giving more children opportunities to access increased hours of early childhood education, along with improvements to facilities.

The grants provide funding for not-for-profit, community based preschools to increase the number of places for children attending services for 15 hours per week, especially in areas where there is a demonstrated shortage.

Director of Projects and Strategic Programs Nancy Chang said the Department of Education is expecting to create approximately 500 preschool places.

"Community preschools in all areas of NSW were invited to complete and submit an Expression of Interest for the program funding," Ms Chang said.

"Priority was given to those services where it could be demonstrated that there is significant demand for preschool places for children in the year before full-time school or for children aged three and above from Aboriginal and low-income families."

The increased preschool places created will include:

  • 313 preschool places in major cities of Australia
  • 92 preschool places in inner regional Australia
  • 89 preschool places in outer regional Australia

The funding of $8 million will be made available over the next four years.

Included in the 28 successful applications were projects such as:

  • 21 relating to extensions to the current building
  • six relating to new vehicles for mobile preschool
  • one relating to procuring a demountable building.

Category:  May 2017,

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