Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has welcomed an additional $115 million in funding to make early childhood education more affordable for local families and reduce fees by an average of 30 per cent.


Mr Anderson said this funding will reduce preschool fees for four and five year olds and remove nearly all fees for children from Aboriginal and low-income families at our 17 local preschools.


“This is fantastic news for local families with young children.


“This funding boost will deliver the largest single fee reduction in NSW history, making preschool more affordable so that more children will be able to participate in about 15 hours per week of early childhood education in community preschools and long day care centres in the year before they start school.


“I know our local preschools make a big difference to the lives of our children.


“This funding boost shows the NSW Government is serious about helping more families access early childhood education, especially for children from Aboriginal or low-income backgrounds.”


Starting in 2017, community preschools across the State who enrol children for at least 600 hours in the year before school will receive increased subsidies from the NSW Government, enabling them to reduce fees for families.


“We want to give our local kids the best head start we possibly can which is why funding this program is so important.


“We want all children in NSW to enjoy the benefits of a quality early education, wherever they live and whatever their background,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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