Preschoolers in the Bathurst electorate will have even more reasons to smile, thanks to an additional funding boost from the NSW Government for the Pied Piper Preschool and the Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service.
Pied Piper Preschool will receive $700,000 as part of the NSW Government’s Start Strong Capital Works Grants program for an extension to build an additional room to their existing facility.
The Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service will receive more than $240,000 over two years as part of the Start Strong Pathways Program, which is aimed at preparing children for preschool and promoting the importance of an early childhood education.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said this boost in funding means more children in the Bathurst region will have access to a quality early childhood education.
"More and more children in NSW are heading to early childhood education, which means as a government we need to support services to ensure they can meet the demand," Ms Mitchell said.
"The NSW Nationals in Government are investing more in early childhood education than ever before because we know how much every child benefits from a preschool program.
"A child’s brain is most formative in the first five years of life, so we will continue to make these crucial funding injections in areas like Bathurst because an investment in our children really is an investment in our future."
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the Bathurst electorate is expecting to see significant population growth in the coming years, which is why investments like these are crucial.
"Looking forward, population data shows the number of preschool-aged children in NSW will increase by 6 per cent by 2021.The NSW Government is meeting this head
on, and recognises that children and families living in growth areas – like the Bathurst Electorate – require high quality preschool services that suit their needs," Mr Toole said.
"I look forward to seeing how these investments at Pied Piper Preschool and the Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service benefit children and young families in our ever-growing electorate."
For more information on NSW Government grants in the early childhood education sector, please visit the Department of Education website.