More Upgrades on the Way for Local Preschools

Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Five more preschools in the Manly electorate will be receiving upgrades, thanks to a NSW Government initiative aiming to continually improve the environment of preschool services.


A total of $73,000 has been invested in local community preschools as part of the NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments program, which will fund improvements to preschool grounds and buildings, as well as specialised educational programs for children.


Member for Manly James Griffin said these grants are making a big difference to preschools on the Northern Beaches.


“This funding means local families and children will benefit from playground renovations and specialised educational programs and practices like art classes, yoga or dance lessons,” Mr Griffin said.


“I am committed to supporting preschools to ensure our littlest learners are getting access to the best quality early childhood education possible.”


Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said these grants have eased some of the pressure off preschools in ensuring children are getting access to top quality early childhood education.


“As a mother myself, I know that often preschools have to rely on fundraising efforts to ensure their service is up-to-scratch physically, and to deliver programs that are more niche,” Ms Mitchell said.


“This funding will ensure all children have a positive early childhood education experience and actually really enjoy their time at preschool.”


In this round of Quality Learning Environments grants, the following services in the Manly electorate will receive upgrades:


  • Manly Vale Community Kindergarten – $15,000
  • Manly Community Pre-School – $15,000.00
  • North Harbour Children’s Centre – $15,000.00
  • Ivanhoe Park Pre-School – $13,409.09
  • St James Kindergarten – $14,600.00


For more information on the Quality Learning Environments program, visit the Department of Education website.