EIGHTEEN long daycare centres across the Tamworth electorate will share in more than $175,000 of state government funding, which aims to deliver more preschool programs while strengthening care and education for kids.
SMILES ALL ROUND: Kevin Anderson with St Mark’s Preschool director Rebecca Bailey and kids Sophie Whittaker, Hendrix Mountain and Jett Pascoe. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 301015GOE01
St Mark’s Preschool in Tamworth received close to $22,000, while Milestones Early Learning ($16,500), Goodstart Early Learning Gunnedah ($14,850) and Denison Street Early Learning ($12,000) were other big winners.
Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson said long daycare was really important for kids aged four to five when their parents were working.
“Long daycare is the preferred option for many working families,” Mr Anderson said.
“We want to ensure high-quality care and education for our children, regardless of the type of service they attend.
“This funding boost will enable centres across our region to purchase additional resources, develop a preschool program based on the Early Years Learning Framework, and to broaden staff skills, including upgrading qualifications.
“Maintaining a high standard of service delivery in early childhood education is no simple task and I commend all long daycare centres in our region for their diligence and dedication to providing high-quality care and education.”
The funding is part of the NSW government’s Long Daycare National Partnership Grants Program.
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