More children in Baulkham Hills will have access to a quality early childhood education, with the NSW Government announcing $17,474 to invest in attendance-encouraging initiatives.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said the funding – part of the NSW Government’s Community Grants program – aims to increase the number of Aboriginal children and children from disadvantaged backgrounds attending a preschool program.
“Services in Baulkham Hills and across NSW were encouraged to apply for grants of up to $100,000 to support transport initiatives like new buses or vehicles to make it easier for children to get to a service,” Mr Elliott said.
“They could also apply for grants of up to $10,000 to invest in a range of activities like breakfast programs and Aboriginal culture classes to further encourage preschool attendance.”
The following services in Baulkham Hills have been successful in their Community Grants application:
- North Rocks Pre-School, will receive $7,474 for staff development in Aboriginal early childhood education; and,
- Hillsong Child Care Centre, will receive $10,000 to purchase cultural resources.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said it is absolutely crucial for children to experience some kind of early childhood education prior to attending school.
“We know the cognitive, social and emotional benefits a child gains from attending an early childhood education service are incredibly valuable,” Ms Mitchell said.
“As a Government, we are committed to ensuring every child, no matter where they’re from or what their background is, has access to an early childhood service.
“These grants have done a fantastic job of increasing participation in areas of high Aboriginal population or disadvantage, so I am thrilled we can continue to invest in this important initiative.”
For more information, visit the Department of Education website.