Scot MacDonald
2nd Nov 2018

Three preschool services in the Hunter have received funding from the NSW Liberal National Government as part of a $3 million package to provide financial support for community preschools in NSW operating in drought affected regions.

The services receiving funding are;

  • Greta Community Pre-School, Cessnock - $4,800
  • Branxton Pre-School, Cessnock - $11,100
  • Hunter Mobile Preschool - $17,000

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said these 2018 Drought Relief Payments will ensure early childhood education services can continue to operate during the adverse economic conditions brought on by the drought.

“Services can use this funding to assist families and children in a range of ways, including transport arrangements to maintain preschool participation, crisis planning or fee subsidies to further support families,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC visited the Hunter Mobile Preschool at Gresford this morning.

“These payments will ensure services like the not for profit Hunter Mobile Preschool I saw today can continue to operate and provide as much support to families as possible.”

“We know how crucial it is to continue to help families and businesses in areas like the Hunter that have felt the impacts of the drought,” Mr MacDonald said.

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter highlighted that this funding reflects the NSW State Government’s ongoing and consultative approach to the drought, and is about bringing practical relief to local communities in the seat of Upper Hunter and beyond.

“The Nationals in Government are committed to ensuring that pre-schools and learning spaces in rural and regional NSW benefit from the drought relief policies put in place during these ongoing dry conditions, especially in our local communities,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The mobile service is proving popular with busy families. We are taking enrolments, so please call us on 02 4934 6725 to make sure your child doesn’t miss out,” Jacquie Howard of Hunter Mobile Preschool said.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said it is crucial the NSW Government continues to support families to ensure children always have access to top quality early childhood education, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are.

“Our goal is to help alleviate some of the pressure on families by supporting early childhood services where attendance may have dropped due to socioeconomic pressures, and also to boost service operators coping with additional challenges,” Ms Mitchell said.