Waitlists for early childhood education in Manly will ease, with the NSW Government today providing funding for additional spaces at a local preschool through its Start Strong Capital Works Grants program.

Member for Manly James Griffin said North Harbour Children’s Centre preschool in Balgowlah is one of the early childhood education services to receive a major capital grant, which aims to increase the number of community preschool places in areas of need and demand across NSW.

“This funding and the project at North Harbour Children’s Centre preschool will make a real difference for our community, creating more preschool places for local families,” Mr Griffin said.

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said these grants will ensure our community preschools can accommodate more children, giving them the best start in life.

“We want every child in New South Wales to have access to a quality preschool education, no matter their background or location,” Minister Mitchell said.

“Since 2013, the NSW Government has provided over $90 million to deliver additional community preschool places in areas of greatest need and demand.”

"This funding will support a variety of service improvements, including new builds, extensions and renovations of centre-based community preschools and it will also support the maintenance of preschool operations where there is an urgent need for capital works.”

For more information on the Start Strong Capital Works grants program, visit the Department of Education website.