Start Strong preschool funding

Start Strong preschool funding

Reforms to the funding of community preschools in NSW are already delivering tangible results, with more than 400 preschools receiving an additional $28.2 million in April 2017 thanks to their early take up of Start Strong.

The NSW Government introduced Start Strong last year to ensure more children have the opportunity to participate in 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before school.

Tracy Mackey, Executive Director of the Early Childhood Education Directorate said the funding increase will directly impact families through making preschool participation more affordable.

"Through Start Strong, in 2017 we've already seen many more extra children enrolled in early childhood education in the year before school and greater numbers accessing 600 hours for the year, compared to August 2016 figures."

While community preschools have until July 2017 to fully implement the Start Strong reforms, those who adopted the model early have received increased funding backdated to 1 January this year.

Start Strong is part of the government's commitment to ensure all children in New South Wales can participate in 600 hours of quality preschool education in the year before school, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.

Research shows that when children participate in a quality early childhood education program for at least 600 hours in the year before school, they are more likely to arrive at school equipped with the social, cognitive and emotional skills they need to engage in learning.

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