THE LET­TER OF THE WEEK

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - YOUR SAY -

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

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