Young local families are benefitting from 60 new early childhood education places in Woy Woy following the opening of St John The Baptist Early Learning Centre.
Opening the centre today, Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said the service enhances the wellbeing and quality of early childhood education for children in the Gosford region.
"Quality early learning is one of the best investments we can make, which is why the NSW Government invested more than $1 million through the Capital Works Grant program to make these 60 places possible," Mrs Mitchell said.
"We know the success of a child's education on their last day of school is determined by their very first day of school.
"It was encouraging to witness firsthand the engagement between children and teachers in the purpose-built facility and hear of the relief it has brought to local families."
The Liberals & Nationals Government is working with families, educators and industry stakeholders to see more early childhood education across the state and working with them to make it easier to access these vital services.
Liberal candidate for Gosford, Jilly Pilon welcomed the announcement and said it will make a major difference for families in the Gosford region.
"As a mother I understand the positive difference 60 extra early childhood education places will make to mums and dads in Woy Woy and surrounding areas," Mrs Pilson said.
"It was a privilege to tour the centre, take part in the official opening and meet with the teachers and parents who have made this possible.
"I'm proud to be standing side-by-side with a team who puts children at the forefront of their decisions, families are in safe hands with the Liberals & Nationals Government."
Mrs Mitchell thanked all those involved in the planning and construction of the preschool and congratulated them on the successful completion of the project.