PRESCHOOLS in the Albury electorate will receive an extra $322,017 in funding.
The additional funds were announced yesterday as part of the NSW government’s new preschool funding model targeting disadvantaged and Aboriginal children.
However, three-year-olds from non-disadvantaged or non-indigenous backgrounds will miss out.
Albury MP Greg Aplin welcomed the announcement from Education Minister Adrian Piccoli, saying it represented a 20 per cent increase in funding.
“The additional funding for our electorate is among the higher increases in NSW and will provide increased base subsidies for children aged four and five in their year before school and for three year old children from disadvantaged backgrounds,” Mr Aplin said.
He said that all services in the electorate will have time to transition to their new allocation over three years, starting from next year, with no preschool receiving less funding for two years as a result of these policy changes.
A 50 per cent transition amount will be provided in the third year.
The new funding model will see an extra $150 million injected into preschools across NSW, with 95 per cent of the more than 770 centres expected to receive an increase in their base budget.
Centres’ base rates will increase from $2950 to $5270.
While four and five-year-olds who aren’t disadvantaged or Indigenous will continue to be subsidised, three-year-olds from these backgrounds won’t.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said the reform is the “biggest ever seen” in the sector.
“The changes will result in a fairer distribution of preschool funding which will help assist more children to access preschool.”