Preschool and day care centres across the state will be able to improve their services, with more than $11 million in funding announced.
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.
Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the Jack and Jill Preschool at Lithgow were excited to receive $15,000, which has allowed the centre to be decked out with brand new floorboards.
“The preschool previously had carpet throughout the building and it was hard to keep clean and was looking a bit tired and worn,” he said.
“It’s great that this funding has allowed new floorboards to be laid throughout and they look fantastic. All the rooms look light and airy and best of all when there’s spills, they are easily cleaned up.”
Mr Toole 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.
"Early childhood education is incredibly important and these grants will help educators provide high quality learning environments for our children," Mr Toole said.