THE LETTER OF THE WEEK
GOODSTART Early Learning welcomes the NSW Government’s additional Start Strong investment in early learning, particularly for indigenous, vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
However, Goodstart remains extremely disappointed that most NSW preschool children receive significantly less funding than in Victoria, Queensland or the Northern Territory. Sixty-five per cent of preschool children in NSW receive quality preschool programs in long day care centres, but receive less than 20 per cent of NSW preschool funding. Enrolments in long day care over the past four years have increased significantly as working families seek more flexibility and convenience of service delivery. Under the Government’s proposed Start Strong model, around half of all preschool aged children in NSW will no longer receive any of the preschool funding that the Federal Government has provided to the State Government. Goodstart calls on the NSW Government to fund all children to start strong in the year before school, regardless of the setting chosen. Nicole Jones, NSW manager, Goodstart