Preschool and day care centres across the state will be able to improve their services, with more than $11 million in funding announced today.
The NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments (QLE) grants provide not-for-profit community and mobile preschools and not-for-profit long day care services across the State with funding of up to $15,000 to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments.
Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said the QLE grants are greatly welcomed in the community, especially after a tough year with drought, fire and COVID-19 for early childhood services.
The grants will fund improvements to physical spaces by enhancing the quality of the grounds and buildings of services. They can also be used to provide specialised educational programs for children to address identified educational needs.
I congratulate the following services who were successful in applying under the program:
- Eurambie Park Child Care Centre has been successful in accessing $14,780 for a new softfall in the playground;
- Excelsior Avenue Child Care Centre has been successful in accessing $4,873 for a dance movement incursion;
- Balcombe Heights Child Care Centre has been successful in accessing $4,873 for a dance movement incursion;
- Hillsong Child Care Centre has been successful in accessing $15,000 for Arts, Dance and STEM Programs;
- North Rocks Child Care Centre has been successful in accessing $12,709.14 for an outdoor awning creation of art studio and art studio equipment;
- North Rocks Preschool has been successful in accessing $12,155 to replace their current softfall;
- Hills Montessori School has been successful in accessing $14,327 for intercom, door locks, ball runs and mud kitchen sink;
- KU Village Green Children’s Centre has been successful in accessing $5,676 for replacement of shelving to offer children access to resources;
- The Hills Community Kindergarten has been successful in accessing $15,000 for timber decking and boardwalk;
- UnitingCare St Matthews Preschool has been successful in accessing $15,000 for the upgrade of the Classroom 3 Preschool Bathrooms;
- Baulkham Hills Preschool Kindergarten has been successful in accessing $15,000 for accessibility pathways; and,
- Kids at Weldonhas been successful in accessing $15,000 for the relocation of water pump source and creek
“Early childhood education is incredibly important and these grants will help educators provide high quality learning environments for our children,” Mr Elliott said.
For more information on the guidelines of the QLE Grant, visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-early-childhood-education-service/grants-and-funded-programs/quality-learning-environments-program.