Preschool fund­ing

Matt Kean on preschool fund­ing & what it means for Hornsby fam­i­lies


It was an­nounced re­cently that NSW will be­come the first state in the coun­try to fund three year-olds to at­tend preschool.

This will see a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in fees for fam­i­lies and will mean more chil­dren in Hornsby will be able to at­tend preschool. I vis­ited lo­cal preschool La­rool in Thorn­leigh to speak to Di­rec­tor Monique Olthof about the pres­sures faced by the preschool. This an­nounce­ment will mean La­rool will be able to of­fer more 3 year-olds places, and par­ents will no longer have to fork out high fees. Cur­rently La­rool charges $66 per day for 3 year-old stu­dents and Ms Olthof be­lieves this should drop sig­nif­i­cantly once the fund­ing is in place.

It has been proven early ed­u­ca­tion at preschool gives stu­dents a head start in lit­er­acy de­vel­op­ment, bet­ter re­sults in NAPLAN, in­creased like­li­hood of univer­sity at­ten­dance and bet­ter health out­comes.

Cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of net­ball

I was pleased to join the com­mit­tee both past and present at Hills Dis­trict Net­ball to cel­e­brate its 50th Birth­day. Hills first be­gan in 1958 when the Prin­ci­pal of Beecroft Pri­mary School Mr Edgar Dill de­cided there should be a Satur­day morn­ing sport for girls in the area. With the help of Ro­tary, a num­ber of schools started a com­pe­ti­tion. From those hum­ble be­gin­nings Hills has grown to 20 clubs span­ning North Ryde to Berowra. There are thou­sands of reg­is­tered play­ers from the NetSetGo teams play­ing on Fri­day night to the Juniors and Se­niors play­ing on Satur­day.

I spent many years watch­ing my sis­ter play Net­ball at Hills and this or­gan­i­sa­tion has some of the most ded­i­cated vol­un­teers in the coun­try. I was pleased to as­sist in pre­sent­ing the vol­un­teer long ser­vice awards to Les­ley Mil­ner and Lyn Burgess, who still re­main heav­ily in­volved with the as­so­ci­a­tion. Edna Wardrop, the old­est sur­viv­ing pres­i­dent, was on hand to cut the cake.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Hills Dis­trict Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion on 50 years of bring­ing net­ball to our com­mu­nity.

Big changes at Hornsby Hospi­tal

I was proud to have turned the first sod to mark the of­fi­cial start of the $200 mil­lion Stage 2 re­de­vel­op­ment at Hornsby Hospi­tal, shar­ing the oc­ca­sion with the won­der­ful staff from the Hospi­tal, who do an amaz­ing job look­ing af­ter our com­mu­nity.

The re­de­vel­op­ment is about pro­vid­ing a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for pa­tients, car­ers, staff and vis­i­tors to Hornsby Ku-ring-gai in a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity that meets the needs of the com­mu­nity well into the fu­ture.

The $200 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment, ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2021, will de­liver a re­fur­bished and ex­panded Emer­gency Depart­ment. The new Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Build­ing will ac­com­mo­date a wide va­ri­ety of spe­cial­i­ties in­clud­ing a com­bined In­ten­sive Care and High De­pen­dency Unit, com­bined Res­pi­ra­tory/Car­diac and Coro­nary Care beds co-lo­cated with a Car­diac In­ves­ti­ga­tions Unit, Am­bu­la­tory Care Cen­tre, Med­i­cal Imag­ing and Pae­di­atrics just to name a few. This will be­come a one stop shop mak­ing it eas­ier for pa­tients vis­it­ing the hospi­tal.

This is in ad­di­tion to the $19.8 mil­lion multi-storey car park due to open in early 2019.

Vis­it­ing La­rool Preschool in Thorn­leigh

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