$ 10,000 grant for Early Learning Centre

Preschool Director, Sonja Taylor, with Adam Crouch

Children at Green Point’s Goodstart Early Learning Centre will benefit from an Aboriginal cultural program thanks to a $ 10,000 grant from the NSW Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said the funding would be provided through the Community Grants program.

“The Centre will receive $10,000 to deliver a new cultural program with a local Darkinjung Aboriginal Elder, to purchase cultural resources and for staff development,” Crouch said.

“The Central Coast has one of the fastest growing Aboriginal populations in NSW and this sort of program is so beneficial for all involved.

“Preschools right across NSW were encouraged to apply for initiatives that boost attendance, and I’m delighted that local families will benefit from this funding,” he added.

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell, said it is absolutely crucial for children to experience some kind of early childhood education prior to attending school.

“We know that the cognitive, social and emotional benefits a child gains from attending an early childhood education service are incredibly valuable,” Mitchell said.

“As a Government, we are committed to ensuring that every child, no matter where they’re from or what their background is, has access to an early childhood service.

“These grants have done a fantastic job of increasing participation in areas of high Aboriginal population or disadvantage, so I am thrilled we can continue to invest in this important initiative,” Mitchell said.

Media release, Feb 19
Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch