Free community preschool in NSW continued until the end of 2020
The NSW Government today announced an extension of the COVID-19 relief funding for community and mobile preschools to the end of Term 4.
The opt-in package provides additional funds on top of the ongoing funding for preschools, to cover parent fees and the impact of falling enrolments as a result of COVID-19.
This announcement has been welcomed by the IEU, and is recognition of the hard work and advocacy undertaken by unions, teachers, educators and parents.
Free preschool continues to support families to keep their children in preschool at a time when a Mitchell Institute report, ‘COVID-19, employment stress and student vulnerability in Australia’, shows that an estimated 1.6 million Australians lost their jobs in the first week of April. Unemployment rose from 5.2% to 11.7% and underemployment rose from 9.8% to 13.7% between March and April.
“This is great news for NSW preschools and their communities, the workers, families and children,” said IEU Secretary Mark Northam.
“All Australian children deserve access to high quality early education programs. The research shows significantly improved outcomes for children who attend 600 hours of preschool in the year before they start school.
“Let’s now push for a better funding model for all early childhood education services.”