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Families first: $10 million to expand community preschools

Up to 700 new early childhood education places will be created in areas of high demand to ensure NSW children have every opportunity to thrive and prosper.

The Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell, today announced the opening of round three of the NSW Government's $10 million Start Strong Capital Works Grants.

"It is vital we listen to our communities and deliver our commitment to provide every opportunity for children to access quality early childhood education no matter where they live," Mrs Mitchell said.

"It doesn't matter if you live in Drummoyne or Dubbo – early education is the key to your future success and I am determined to ensure we make it easier for families in NSW to access these services.

"This funding will ensure even more children in NSW have access to 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the year before school, giving them the social, cognitive and emotional skills to transition to school as well as benefiting them in the longer term."

"That's why we're investing in innovative approaches to improve access to quality early childhood education and to improve the provision of culturally safe and appropriate educational settings for Aboriginal children," Mrs Mitchell said.

The Start Strong Capital Works Grants program is open to not-for-profit community preschools and mobile preschools operating in areas of the state where there is a demonstrated shortage of places.

Applications will be open for six weeks and can be submitted online from Thursday 29 June to Friday 18 August 2017.

For more information, visit the Early Childhood Education website.

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