More Places For Preschoolers In Wakehurst

There will be more opportunities on offer for preschool aged kids in Wakehurst, thanks to a $6 million infrastructure investment which will provide support for almost 400 new preschool places across the state.

The funding is part of the additional $42.1 million investment in the NSW Government’s Capital Works Grants program, which was announced in the 2018-19 State Budget to support NSW preschools over the next four years.

The grants will allow preschool services to build, extend or renovate facilities to increase preschool places where there is evidence of high need and growing demand.

There are more children attending preschool for 600 hours in the year before school than ever before, and the Government is making sure services are supported.

The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has reduced preschool fees, is continuing to improve the quality of services, and is meeting the demand for future enrolment growth through ongoing investment in infrastructure.

The government recently announced a $197.8 million investment to subsidise all three-year-olds in community preschools, so this round of Capital Works is integral in ensuring there is enough space for the anticipated increase in enrolments in Wakehurst preschools.

Looking forward, population data shows the number of preschool-aged children in NSW will increase by 6 per cent by 2021.The NSW Government is meeting this head on, and recognises that children and families living in growth areas require high quality preschool services that suit their needs.

Since the Capital Works Grants program was introduced in 2013, the NSW Government has invested $28 million to help almost 70 preschools either extend their existing preschool or build a brand new one. It is estimated that this investment has increased preschool places in NSW by more than 1500.

Applications are currently open for Capital Works Grants here: https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/capital-works-grants

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