Support available for childcare centres in NSW through preschool drought relief program

Support available for childcare centres in NSW through preschool drought relief program

by Freya Lucas

October 01, 2019

Preschools and long day care services in New South Wales will receive what local MP Gareth Ward termed “a much-needed funding boost”, thanks to the NSW Government’s Preschool Drought Relief program.


In Mr Ward’s Kiama electorate, 27 service providers will be eligible to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to receive additional drought relief funding, which can be used to reduce fees, implement transport initiatives, staff training and environmental adjustments.


“This funding will ensure early childhood services in our region continue to operate, despite the potential drop in enrolments because of the drought,” Mr Ward said.


“In tough conditions like these, it is vital we continue to ensure our children have access to normality and stability in the form of school and early childhood learning.”


NSW Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell said the funding will “help alleviate some of the pressures families are facing in the bush”.


Every child, regardless of location or climatic circumstance, “deserves access to a top-quality early childhood education,” Ms Mitchell said.


“Our country kids must have access to the same services as their city counterparts; times are tough, but as a Government, we must continue to prioritise the support of our regional families” she added. 


From September 2019, community and mobile preschools and long day care services in areas classified as “Intense Drought”, “Drought” and “Drought Affected” can submit their expressions of interest.


Following the expressions of interest, funding will be allocated to services based on their size and level of drought intensity. 


Further information about the funding and how to submit an expression of interest, may be found here.