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.’’