STICKING TIGHT – MORE RELIEF FOR PRESCHOOLS IN THE REGION
Parents in the region still struggling through tough drought conditions will have even more support to help their children attend preschool, thanks to an additional $2.6 million in support.
Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson welcomed the second round of the Preschool Drought Relief payments and said the funding will be hugely helpful for families in towns like Werris Creek, Barraba, Bendemeer, Kootingal, Gunnedah, Nundle and Tamworth.
“The drought has not relented, but neither will I as I continue to fight for funding to provide assistance to families doing it tough.
“Last year, we announced a $3 million Preschool Drought Relief package for preschools in the region and other drought-affected areas of NSW.
“This funding was used to reduce fees, allow more flexibility with travel arrangements and increase sustainability.
“This boost is great news and will allow preschools in our region to continue to ease the pressures of the drought on our local families,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said the payments will go to preschools in areas that need it the most.
“Last year, I was made aware of some families making the heartbreaking decision to stop sending their children to preschool because it was just too expensive during these adverse conditions,” Ms Mitchell said.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals knew we needed to help, because every child needs access to those crucial years of preschool education to ensure they’re prepared socially, emotionally and cognitively for primary school.
“Services have so far reduced fees, reduced travel costs for parents who have to travel long distances and invested in their preschools to ensure they can operate as best as possible during these tough conditions.”
Further information is also available on the Department of Education’s website.