St George ECEC services will share in NSW Community Grants to support vulnerable children

St George ECEC services will share in NSW Community Grants to support vulnerable children

by Freya Lucas

January 17, 2022

Four St George early childhood education and care (ECEC) services will share in $36,000 under the New South Wales Government’s community grants program, with the intention of providing additional support for Aboriginal children and children from low income families across the St George area. 

 

Successful grant applicants from across NSW will use the funding to provide an extra 600 hours of early education for children in the two years prior to school.

 

Organisations from the St George area who have secured a grant are:

 

Penshurst Long Day Care Centre – $10,000

Oatley West Early Learning Centre – $10,000

South Hurstville Kindergarten – $10,000

Jubilee Community Services – $6,080

 

Oatlely MP Mark Coure said the funding will provide an important boost to local early childhood services, particularly as NSW continues to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“Grants of up to $10,000 have been approved for these organisations to support participation and a range of activities for our local children,” Mr Coure said.

 

“Early learning services play a critical role in supporting children and the pandemic has meant that many of these services have been disrupted. It is fantastic to see this funding made available to support children and these services at a time when it is needed most.”

 

For the first time, Multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services and Aboriginal Child and Family Centres operating in NSW were included in this program.

 

Funding can be used for a range of activities that improve participation in early childhood education, including working with local Aboriginal community members to conduct Aboriginal art programs, and providing breakfast programs.

 

For more information on the grants please see here

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