NSW parents set to save on preschool in 2023

Cost-relief for preschool fees is now available for all families in NSW.

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Parents across NSW are set to receive cost relief on their preschool fees with savings of up to $4,220 a year, thanks to a landmark investment from the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government.

For the first time, parents whose children attend preschool programs at long day care settings will enjoy subsidised fees, following the introduction of the new $1.3 billion Start Strong Affordable Preschool Program.

Premier Dominic Perrottet said the Liberal and Nationals Government would ease the cost-of-living pressure for families and ensure more children received high-quality early education.

“Research has shown that preschool is where the building blocks for lifelong success are established. It is vital that we can support families in accessing quality early childhood education,” Mr Perrottet said.

“This investment shows that the Liberal and Nationals in Government are committed to ensuring families across the state have brighter futures and less pressure on wallets.”

Treasurer Matt Kean said investing in the State's youngest learners made economic sense.

“Every $1 invested in early childhood education delivers a $2 boost to the NSW economy,” Mr Kean said.

“We’re reducing stress for families across NSW by providing fee relief on this important part of their child’s growth and development.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said families could now save up to $4,220 per year depending on where their child attended preschool.

“The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government has been providing significant fee relief for families attending community and mobile preschools for the past two years, and from this year fee relief will be available for more families than ever before,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This government is investing in the futures of our children at a level never seen before and in a way that also helps parents with the household budget.”

From this month, all NSW families will be eligible for:

  • up to $4,220 per year in fee relief for three-, four- and five-year-olds attending a community or mobile preschool
  • up to $2,110 per year in fee relief for four- and five-year-olds attending preschool in a long day care setting on top of their Child Care Subsidy payment, and
  • the equivalent of five days a fortnight of affordable preschool fee relief for all children in Department of Education preschools.

To access the Start Strong 2023 preschool fee relief, parents are encouraged to speak to their service today. Families enrolled in a community preschool or long day care service must complete a declaration form and nominate one service from which they would like to receive the fee relief.

The NSW Government is investing more than $15.9 billion in early childhood commitments announced as part of the 2022-23 budget to deliver a brighter future for every child in NSW.

Through the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year, the Brighter Beginnings initiatives, a workforce package for early childhood educators and the Affordable Preschool fee relief, the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government is ensuring NSW is the best state to live, work and raise a family.

You can find out more about the Early Years Commitment on the Department of Education website.

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