Fees reduced for preschool families from 2017

A GOOD EDUCATION: Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams enjoyed talking to Eadie at Little Peoples Early Learning Centre. Photo: Lauren Strode

A GOOD EDUCATION: Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams enjoyed talking to Eadie at Little Peoples Early Learning Centre. Photo: Lauren Strode

FAMILIES in the Southern Highlands will be able to enjoy a reduction in preschool fees starting in 2017.

Under the Start Strong program, the NSW Government will provide $115 million of funding across the state to help reduce fees for four and five-year-olds by an average of 30 per cent.

Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell and Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams visited preschools in the Highlands on October 17 to discuss the funding.

“This is fantastic news for families with young children,” Mr Rowell said.

“This funding boost will deliver the largest single fee reduction in NSW history, making preschool more affordable.”

From 2017, community preschools in NSW who enrol children for at least 600 hours in the year before school will receive increased subsidies which will allow them to reduce fees.

“This funding boost shows the government is serious about helping more families access early childhood education,” Mrs Williams said. “We want all children in NSW to enjoy the benefits of a quality early education.”

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