Erina Kindergarten will receive $30,000 funding through a NSW Government initiative, according to NSW minister for early childhood education, Ms Leslie Williams.
Ms Williams and member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch MP, visited the Kindergarten to discuss the funding, which will help the centre offer a preschool program. “Long day care is the preferred option for many working families. “We want to provide children with the same opportunity, regardless of the type of service they attend,” Ms Williams said.
The staff at Erina Kindergarten have achieved a rating exceeding the National Quality Standard. Maintaining such a high standard of service delivery in early childhood education is no simple task. “I commend the centre for its diligence and dedication to ensuring that children at their centre are receiving high quality care and education,” Ms Williams said.
Mr Crouch said the centre can use the funding to purchase resources, develop preschool programs based on the Early Years Learning Framework and to broaden staff capability, including upgrading qualifications. “Preschools in Terrigal electorate have already benefitted from this government’s reforms and it is fantastic that this work is now being extended to long day care centres,” he said.
The new long day care National Partnership Grants Program is part of an agreement between NSW and Commonwealth Governments to increase participation in preschool programs for four and fiveyear- old children in the year before school.
Media release, Sep 28, 2015 Debra Wales, Offi ce of Adam Crouch