Media Release – NSW Budget

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 of expenditure in 2017-18.

The investment in early childhood education in the 2018-19 Budget commits an additional $197.8M over four years to:

  • extend funding to all three-year-olds in community preschools from 2019
  • provide capital grants funding to support the creation new community preschool places in growth areas, and
  • continue Start Strong funding for preschool education in community preschools and long day care services.

“The 2018-19 Budget represents positive progress for early childhood education funding, particularly with the extension of the funding model to include all three-year-olds. International research shows that participation in two years of high quality early childhood education delivers greater benefits to children than one year alone.” said Meg Mendham, CEO.

“CCSA is also pleased that although the Federal Government has decided not to renew the National Partnership Agreement on the National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care, the NSW State Government will continue to fully fund the regulation of the sector under the National Quality Framework, including the process of accreditation and rating. This will ensure that not only will additional preschools places made available, but that these will be providing high quality early education.” said Meg Mendham.

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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