$30m for early education

There will be $30million in National Partnership funding for NSW early education over the next two years.

 Education Minister Adrian Piccoli  announced a number of measures including: 

— fee relief for the most disadvantaged families, so  their children can access preschool at no charge for up to two years;

— infrastructure support program for modification of buildings;

— a trial of cluster management arrangements aimed at helping smaller services;

— targeted workforce development including scholarships for educators to upgrade their qualifications;

— introduction of a transition-to-school statement; and

— support for services to move to a 15 hour a week delivery format.

‘‘The State’s preschools are doing a great job in nurturing our young children and providing them with the best-quality early learning and care,” Mr Piccoli said.

‘‘These measures will make a difference.’’

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