Preschools to upgrade facilities with Quality Learning Environments program

Preschools to upgrade facilities with Quality Learning Environments program

Grants of up to $15,000 have been awarded to community preschools as part of the second round of grants in the Quality Learning Environments program, which funds improvements to preschool grounds and buildings, as well as specialised educational programs for children.

The second round of grant recipients was announced by Minister Mitchell in December.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said the grants will make a big difference to services across the state.

“In this round of Quality Learning Environments grants, funds have been allocated for specialised educational programs and practices that will stimulate young minds, like art classes, language programs or dance lessons, along with service enhancements such as playground renovations or new carpet,” Ms Mitchell said.

“The $15,000 grant could mean a new fence, an improved play facility or an important educational experience like an excursion.

“As a mother of preschool aged children myself, I know how often preschools have to rely on fundraising efforts to ensure their service is up-to-scratch physically, and to deliver niche programs that can be expensive,” she said.

“This funding will ensure thousands of children, whether they are from Bathurst or Bondi, have access to improved learning environments at preschool.”

The Quality Learning Environments program was introduced in early 2018, with over 400 services already benefiting from the funding boost to upgrade their  learning environments.

Services can use funding for a range of purposes that enhance learning quality, for example minor capital works including building, renovations and repairs, specialised education programs and activities,  and purchasing infrastructure items.

For more information on the Quality Learning Environments program, visit the Department of Education website.

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