NSW announces locations for 100 new public preschools
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NSW announces locations for 100 new public preschools

by Freya Lucas

September 19, 2023

The New South Wales Government has announced the locations for 100 new public preschools on public school sites as it progresses its mission of boosting access to early childhood education and works towards the goal of providing universal access to preschool.


“This is the largest expansion of public preschools in NSW history,” Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said.


“Growing stronger connections between early learning and primary education will help children learn important skills for life and learning, and give parents and carers great choice and flexibility particularly in those areas of greatest educational need.


Today’s Budget will reveal that the State Government is investing $769 million to deliver 100 new public pre-schools, including building a pre-school on the grounds of every new public primary school built in NSW.


The first tranche of the 100 public preschools will be built by the Minns Labor Government alongside primary schools at:


  • Nirimba Fields in North West Sydney
  • Gables in North West Sydney
  • Melonba in North West Sydney
  • Carter Street Precinct near Sydney Olympic Park
  • Melrose Park Public School near Ryde
  • Gulyangarri Public School in South West Sydney
  • Wilton Junction in South West Sydney 
  • Nowra on the South Coast
  • Lennox Head Public School on the North Coast
  • Albury Thurgoona in southern NSW


The remaining 90 sites are being selected based on a rigorous analysis of educational need, child development outcomes and projected future demand for preschool access. 


A consultation process with local school principals and current service providers was launched in August.


An independent expert reviewer has been appointed to ensure an equitable selection of sites where preschools will deliver the best outcomes for children and communities.


The Government hopes that co-locating preschools with schools will help working families and support children to make a smooth transition to kindergarten. 


“We are committed to universal access to preschool,” NSW Premier Chris Minns said. 


“We need to invest in early childhood education. Investment in quality early childhood education and care has lifelong benefits for our young kids and is key to getting parents back into the workforce.”

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