Pre-schools for all ages will be free for the next six months around New South Wales, thanks to the state government.
It comes after the federal government announced similar measures for child care centres, to ensure that the kids of essential workers could still go to the centre, and that the centre can remain open through the coronavirus crisis.
The NSW Government has now decided to extend that to all levels of preschools, which will cost around $50 million.
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Premier Gladys Berejiklian says the state will also spend around $82 million further supporting local government child care centres, but that it’s not about the money.
“We are pleased to do this, we know that household budgets are under pressure, families are under pressure, so for the next 6 months pre-school at all four ages will be free in NSW.
“But also to match what the federal government’s done in relation to childcare centres, currently the local government wasn’t fully covered by the job keeper arrangement for childcare centres, so we’re stepping up and paying the other half.
“The federal government is making some contribution, and we’re stepping up and paying the other half.
“That means that child care centres run by local governments don’t have to worry about those additional costs of keeping staff on, but also providing those vital services,” Premier Berejiklian said.
“It’s not the dollars, it’s about the fact that we’re stepping up as a government to do our part, in relieving the pressure on household budgets.
“But also sending a strong message to both our early childhood education community and also our school community to say thank you so much for the effort everybody has put in,” the Premier said.
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