Sutherland Shire early childhood centres welcome grant funding for vulnerable children

Sutherland Shire early childhood centres welcome grant funding for vulnerable children

by Freya Lucas

February 04, 2022

23 early childhood centres in New South Wales Sutherland Shire have been given funding under the Community Grants which provide funds to help encourage more Aboriginal children from those from low income families and participate in quality preschool education.

 

The grants of up to $10,000 fund activities to help educators reach families who might otherwise not send their children to preschool, and can be used for a range of activities, including working with Aboriginal community members to conduct Aboriginal art programs, staff development to promote outreach and specialised staff to deliver targeted support.

 

The following Sutherland Shire services have been successful in obtaining funding:

 

 

Engadine Preschool Kindergarten Director, Eve Hawkes, told local paper St George and Sutherland Leader that the grant would help support low income and Aboriginal children to participate in 600 hours of early childhood education at its service.

 

“We requested the grant to purchase backpacks and stories of the Dreaming for each child,” Ms Hawkes said. “The books will become part of the children’s library at home and support early literacy and brain development, imagination, and strengthen social interaction with families. The children will also begin to learn about our Aboriginal culture and heritage through the books.”

 

The grants program is open to non-profit community preschools and non-profit long day care centres. For more information about the grants please see here

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