Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell joined Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC on a visit to some of the Hunter’s finest early childhood education services today.
Minister Mitchell said she is always impressed by the quality of services in the Hunter and was thrilled to see them utilising the NSW Government’s Start Strong funding so effectively.
“Today we visited Rainbows Early Learning Centre, Hunter Mobile Preschool and Bellbird Preschool, three fantastic services in the Hunter that are doing a great job of giving children across the electorate access to top quality early childhood education,” Minister Mitchell said.
“It was particularly exciting to see how Bellbird Preschool and Hunter Mobile Preschool are using their recently awarded Capital Works Funding – Bellbird to build an extension to their service increasing their enrolment capacity by 12, and Hunter Mobile to purchase a new vehicle to service more children in the region.”
Mr MacDonald said it is thanks to the NSW Government that services across the region are able to thrive.
“In Capital Works funding alone, the NSW Government has invested a huge $2.3 million in the Hunter region. This just shows how committed we are to making sure every child – across the Hunter and the rest of the state – has access to the best quality early childhood education possible,” Mr MacDonald said.
“As a Government, we have also reduced average daily fees across the state by 25 per cent and we have increased enrolments in 600 hours in the year before school by a huge 40 per cent.”
I am proud the Hunter is leading the pack in quality of early childhood establishments.”