Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, has welcomed news from the 2017 Preschool Census, that the number of children in NSW undertaking 600 hours of preschool each year has increased by 40 per cent in the last year.
Mr Crouch said it was wonderful news that more children in NSW were participating in early childhood education, including preschools on the Central Coast.
“Three preschools from the Terrigal electorate, Pretty Beach Community Pre-School, Kinburra Pre-School in Kincumber and Broken Bay Diocese Early Learning Centre in Terrigal, partook in the Census and have made important contributions to these results,” Mr Crouch said.
“These Census results prove the NSW Government’s Start Strong program is working, it is reducing fees, improving quality, and strengthening the early childhood workforce for families in the Terrigal electorate.
“Families are benefiting hugely from the Start Strong reforms, ongoing fee reductions are significantly reducing financial burdens on hardworking families and I am very pleased that the NSW State Liberal Government has made this a priority.”
The 2017 Preschool Census is the first since the implementation of the Start Strong reforms, with 737 community preschools across the state partaking.
Following the significant changes to the preschool funding policy under Start Strong, Minister for Early Childhood Education, Ms Sarah Mitchell, said last year’s Census was the first real test of whether these policy changes had achieved their objectives.
Media release, Feb 6
Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch MP