The NSW Government is calling on all families and the wider community to have their say on the historic commitment to provide families with high-quality, free early childhood education across the state.

The centerpiece of the NSW Government Early Years Commitment will see the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year by 2030 and a $5 billion investment through the Childcare and Economic Opportunity Fund.

Member for Manly James Griffin said this is an important investment by the NSW Government in our youngest learners.

“This historic investment will change the lives of families and the youngest learners for generations to come,” Mr Griffin said.

“It is so important that feedback from educators, families, families-to-be and the broader community is incorporated in the development and implementation of the Early Years Commitment.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the opening of the public consultation of these two landmark initiatives marks an important milestone in the design and development process to drive change in early childhood education. 

“This is an exciting first step towards transforming early childhood education and care as we know it,” Ms Mitchell said. 

“The Early Years Commitment is an ambitious and bold vision and I know we cannot do it without deep and strong participation with families, educators and the wider community.

“Following these initial consultation, we will share a more detailed plan on how were will work collaboratively with the public and the sector over the next few years, particularly for universal pre-Kindergarten.” 

Find out more about the Early Years Commitment at education.nsw.gov.au/early-years-commitment and have your say on the Fund and universal pre-Kindergarten.

Submissions are open until Friday 14 October 2022.