Funding for St George early childhood education services

South Hurstville Kindergarten will receive a $10,000 State Government grant to provide additional arly education support for local children. Picture: Georges River Council
South Hurstville Kindergarten will receive a $10,000 State Government grant to provide additional arly education support for local children. Picture: Georges River Council

Four St George early childhood education services will share in $36,000 under the State Government's community grants program.

This will providing additional support for Aboriginal children and children from low income families will across the St George area

The grants will provide additional support for the organisations to provide an extra 600 hours of early education for children in the two years prior to school.

These organisations are:

Penshurst Long Day Care Centre - $10,000

Oatley West Early Learning Centre - $10,000

South Hurstville Kindergarten - $10,000

Jubilee Community Services - $6,080

Oatlely MP, Mark Coure, said that this funding will provide an important boost to local early childhood services, particularly as we continue to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Grants of up to $10,000 have been approved for these organisations to support participation and a range of activities for our local children," Mr Coure said.

"Early learning services play a critical role in supporting children and the pandemic has meant that many of these services have been disrupted. It is fantastic to see this funding made available to support children and these services at a time when it is needed most."

For the first time, Multifunctional Aboriginal Children's Services and Aboriginal Child and Family Centres operating in NSW were included in this program.

Funding may be used for a range of activities that improve participation in early childhood education, including working with local Aboriginal community members to conduct Aboriginal art programs, and providing breakfast programs.

Minister for Education and Early Learning, Sarah Mitchell, said these grants will enable services in the St George area to provide educational activities that will strengthen the foundations of children's learning in those crucial years before school.

"The NSW Government is committed to increasing educational access to quality early childhood education services, particularly for children from low income families and Aboriginal families," Ms Mitchell said.

"They will also be able to provide access to specialised staff to deliver targeted support to local children and their families."

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