Building boost for early learning services

Capital works funding will help reduce waiting lists by creating 600 extra places at 18 early childhood learning centres.

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Waitlists at 18 early childhood education services in remote, regional and metropolitan areas will be reduced, with the NSW Government committing more than $15.5 million in capital works funding. 

Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell, said this round of Start Strong Capital Works grants would create more than 600 additional community preschool places for children to attend a preschool program at least two days per week. 

“We want every child in NSW to have access to a quality preschool education, no matter their background or location,” Ms Mitchell said. 

“This funding will support a range of improvements, including new builds, extensions and renovations of centre-based community preschools.” 

Since 2018, the NSW Government has allocated more than $62m to deliver additional community preschool places in areas of need and demand across NSW, creating more than 1,800 additional places.

This is in addition to more than $15 billion in early childhood commitments announced by the NSW Government as part of the 2022-23 budget to deliver a brighter future for every child in NSW through a revolutionary transformation of early childhood education, child development and women’s economic participation over the next decade.

Through the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year, the Brighter Beginnings initiative, workforce package and affordable preschools the NSW Government is ensuring NSW is the best state to live, work and raise a family.

More information about the Start Strong Capital Works grants program can be found on the Department of Education website.  

Successful applicants:  

  • Wycliffe Christian School 
  • Albury Preschool 
  • Tooleybuc Preschool Association 
  • CatholicCare Diocese Broken Bay (Wyoming Preschool)
  • CatholicCare Diocese Broken Bay (Noraville Preschool)
  • Bungendore Pre School 
  • Tomaree Community College 
  • Tumbarumba Start Strong Preschool 
  • IDFS – Bush Preschool 
  • Blinky Bill Early Learning Centre 
  • Illawarra Aboriginal Corporation 
  • Wollondilly Shire Council 
  • Presbyterian Social Services 
  • Shoalhaven Community Preschool 
  • Bundgeam Preschool 
  • Ross Circuit Preschool 
  • North Ryde Community Preschool 
  • Denman Children’s Centre. 



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