Increasing Access To Early Education

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott today said that a needs-based funding model for preschools is boosting enrolments of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Mr Elliott said the NSW Government’s $150 million preschool funding model has increased funding by 20 per cent and has provided incentives for services to enrol students from low socioeconomic and Aboriginal backgrounds.

“The results have been impressive. Across the State there has been a two per cent increase in the number of children attending a preschool program in the year before school,” Mr Elliott said.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams said a report into the Preschool Funding Model, one year after it was introduced, shows the positive impact the model is having.

“Since the Preschool Funding Model was introduced, 95 per cent of community preschools have received an increase in their base funding,” Mrs Williams said.

“The model is ensuring access to an education program in the year before school, particularly amongst Aboriginal children and children from low income families.

“In many cases, preschools have changed how they align enrolments with these groups and have worked hard to reach out to their communities to tell them about services and the funding available.”

Mrs Williams said the Preschool Funding Model was developed in response to a review of NSW Government Funding for Early Childhood Education by Professor Deborah Brennan in 2011. This review recommended more targeted government funding to students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The report into the outcomes of the new funding model can be found at: https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/media/downloads/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/funding/community-preschool-funding/preschool-funding-model.pdf