Families in focus for NSW preschool expansion
Consultation has started on locations for 100 new preschools on NSW public school sites.
04 September 2023
The NSW Department of Education has launched consultation to select locations for 100 new preschools on public school sites to boost access in areas of need.
Increasing access to high quality early childhood education will ensure more children are set up for a life of learning and strengthen existing service provision.
The NSW Government will deliver 100 preschools on NSW public school sites and 50 new or upgraded preschools facilities on non-government school sites.
All new public primary schools built in NSW will have a preschool on their grounds, as the government sets the foundations for providing universal access to preschool.
Australian Early Development Census data shows one in five children do not start school developmentally on track, and this proportion is higher for vulnerable children.
Research shows access to quality preschool education improves lifelong outcomes for children and families.
Co-locating preschools with schools will help families and support children with a smooth transition to kindergarten.
As well as new primary school sites, additional locations will be selected based on analysis of factors such as educational need, child development outcomes and projected future demand for preschool.
Urban planning and property development expert Abigail Goldberg has been appointed as an independent expert reviewer to ensure an equitable selection of sites where preschool will deliver the best outcomes for children and communities.
Consultation processes have started with local school principals and will include local service providers.