CCSA Media Release 20 June 2018

CCSA Media Release 20 June 2018

CCSA welcomes additional funding for early childhood education in NSW Budget
CCSA welcomes the additional funding for early childhood education announced by the Treasurer, the Hon. Dominic Perrottet MP in the NSW State Budget.
The NSW Government has budgeted $474.3M for early childhood education in 2018-19. This is an increase of $29.8M or a 6.7% increase
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CCSA calls for more certainty in investment for quality early childhood education and care

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This year’s federal budget confirmed the Australian Government’s commitment to rolling out the new Child Care Package which will commence on 2 July 2018. However, it fell short of confirming ongoing investment in the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, which includes funding for
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Media Release – CCSA welcomes further early childhood investment

CCSA welcomes today’s announcement by NSW Minister for Early Childhood Education, Sarah Mitchell of two further investments in early childhood education and care:

  • the continuation of a $2.5 million community grants program to support the engagement of Aboriginal children and disadvantaged children in early childhood education, and
  • a new $2.0 million Start Strong Pathways program to support educational engagement of children prior to preschool and promote the importance of early childhood education to parents.

The Community Grants program will provide one-off grants of up to $7,000 for initiatives such as regular breakfasts, specialised staff, or transport initiatives to increase access for Aboriginal and disadvantaged children. In 2018, the program has also been extended to include metropolitan early childhood education services as well as regional and remote services.

Speaking at the announcement, CCSA CEO, Meg Mendham commented “CCSA is pleased that the Community Grants program will continue in 2018. These grants enable early childhood services to develop responsive programs and initiatives to improve engagement of Aboriginal children and children from disadvantaged backgrounds in early childhood education.”

“The research shows that all children benefit significantly from early childhood education, and children from disadvantaged backgrounds benefit most. The Community Grants program plays an important role in enabling services to connect with and support participation of all children in early childhood education.”

The Start Strong Pathways program will provide grants to not-for-profit, community-based services that support educational engagement of children prior to preschool. It will enhance and extend the work of existing programs in mobile services, preschools and playgroups, as well as encouraging new programs in long day care and occasional care services.

“CCSA is very pleased to see this further investment by the NSW government in early years education from birth to school. We have long advocated for funding to support pathways for babies and toddlers into a preschool program.” said CCSA CEO, Meg Mendham.

“Whether it be in a playgroup setting, a toy library program or a literacy-based program working with parents and young children, this investment of $2m in the early childhood sector has the capacity to strengthen outcomes for children in NSW. This program will enable not-for-profit, community-based services to engage with their community and support the learning and education of children from birth to school.”

Media Contact: John Gunn, 02 4782 1470 or John.Gunn@ccsa.org.au

About Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA)

For nearly 50 years CCSA has been the peak organisation representing early childhood services in rural and remote communities across NSW. Our purpose is to partner with and advocate for early childhood education and care services to ensure positive outcomes for children and communities. CCSA members represent the full range of service types including preschools, long day care, occasional care, multipurpose centres, mobiles, family day care, out of school hours care, early intervention, and outreach services. We support community based and private services located in rural, remote, regional, and metropolitan areas.

Media Release – CCSA Welcomes a plan for early childhood education in regional and remote NSW

The NSW Government has announced its Regional and Remote Early Childhood Education Strategy 2017 – 2022. This important new strategy focuses on “Ensuring every child in regional and remote NSW gets the best start to life”.

CCSA welcomes this important initiative that will help drive better outcomes for early childhood education in regional and remote areas of NSW.

CCSA Chief Executive Officer, Meg Mendham said, “We recognise that families in regional and remote communities face challenges accessing quality early childhood services and that recruiting and supporting qualified staff to deliver education programs is paramount. This new strategy will support improved training and increased access to education programs.”

“We directly engaged with the NSW Department of Education during the development of the strategy, ensuring the views and experiences of our members were well-represented to government. We are pleased to see this contributed to the development of this important new policy direction.”

“The strategy also sets priorities on education for Aboriginal Communities in culturally safe environments, as well as supporting training and increased access to education programs. This is essential to closing the indigenous education gap.”

“For many years, we have been advocating for greater recognition for mobile services in remote areas and we are particularly pleased to see flexible and responsive approaches for mobile services in the new strategy.”

“The Regional and Remote Early Childhood Education Strategy is a great win for the education of children in these communities because it addresses many of the key issues that are unique to delivering education to them. We are pleased to have been actively involved with the NSW Government in driving outcomes that will enrich the lives of children and ensure the sustainability of all services into the future.”

CCSA looks forward to working with the NSW Government and the NSW Department of Education as further programs are developed to deliver on the aims of the strategy.
Details of the strategy can be found on the NSW Department of Education’s website.

Media Contact: John Gunn, 02 4782 1470 or John.Gunn@ccsa.org.au

About Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA)

For nearly 50 years CCSA has been the peak organisation representing early childhood services in rural and remote communities across NSW. Our purpose is to partner with and advocate for early childhood education and care services to ensure positive outcomes for children and communities.

CCSA members represent the full range of service types including preschools, long day care, occasional care, multipurpose centres, mobiles, family day care, out of school hours care, early intervention, and outreach services. We support community based and private services located in rural, remote, regional, and metropolitan areas.

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