Preschools and Long Day Care services around Bathurst will receive a much-needed funding boost, thanks to the NSW Government’s Preschool Drought Relief program.

Paul Toole MP said seven centres around Bathurst will be eligible to submit an ‘expression of interest’ to receive additional drought relief funding, which can be used to reduce fees, implement transport initiatives, staff training and environmental adjustments.

“This funding will ensure early childhood services in our region continue to operate, despite the potential drop in enrolments because of the drought,” he said.

“In tough conditions like these, it is vital we continue to ensure our children have access to normality and stability in the form of school and early childhood learning.”

Millthorpe’s “Little Learning Centre” is the first to benefit, receiving a $4100 funding boost from the State Governments drought fund.

Centre director Emma Harrison-Smith said the funds will be used to improve their outdoor area with a focus on sustainability.

Paul Toole MP urged that country kids must have access to the same services as their city counterparts:

“Times are tough, but as a Government, we must continue to prioritise the support of our regional families, like the ones here in Millthorpe.” he said.

Emma and the Little Learning Centre team has been well recognised locally, winning multiple awards at the Orange Business Awards including Excellence in Education, Best New Recruit (staff member Maddy) and Outstanding Business.

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