Two Corowa preschools welcomed a visit from NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell recently.
The minister was in Corowa for the day on August 18, visiting Goodstart Preschool and Corowa Preschool.
Her visit was part of a mission to travel the state and meet childcare providers following the announcement of a $435 million investment in early childcare education in this year’s state budget.
The minister said every preschool in NSW will benefit from the ongoing funding, which means more children in towns like Corowa will have access to quality early childhood education.
“Feedback from the sector is absolutely vital in ensuring programs such as Start Strong continue to benefit local communities and I always prioritise visits to services to hear about key issues they are facing first hand,” she said.
“It was wonderful to visit Goodstart Preschool and Corowa Preschool and I commend them on their top-quality services.
“This Government’s investment in early childhood will make it easier for families in Corowa to access affordable, quality preschool programs.
“Two days a week of quality early childhood education in the year before school can make a big difference between a child flourishing or struggling in the first year of school – this is especially important for children growing up in regional areas of NSW, like Corowa.”
To ensure affordability is not a barrier for families, $217 million of this year’s budget was allocated to the extension of the government’s Start Strong Program to 2021.
Start Strong is a needs-based funding model to ensure more children participate in two days a week of enrolment in quality education in the year before school.
Since the launch of Start Strong in January this year, more than half of all community preschools in NSW have changed their business model in response to the new funding program.