STATE MEM­BER FOR CAS­TLE HILL

HON RAY WIL­LIAMS MP

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Your Local Politician's Say -

$30 MIL­LION BOOST FOR LONG DAY CARE

More than 2400 long day care cen­tres across the state will re­ceive a share of a $30 mil­lion fund­ing boost as part of the NSW Govern­ment’s Start Strong reforms.

With two thirds of NSW work­ing fam­i­lies’ ac­cess­ing long day care, this $30 mil­lion in­vest­ment will im­prove ed­u­ca­tion out­comes and the qual­ity of long day care ser­vices in NSW.

The suc­cess of a child’s ed­u­ca­tion on their last day of school is de­ter­mined by their very first day of school, and the NSW Govern­ment is back­ing our kids to give them the best start in life. I am very proud more chil­dren than ever be­fore have ac­cess to qual­ity early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion.

The $30 mil­lion in­vest­ment will be rolled out from May for chil­dren aged four and above, with fund­ing weighted ac­cord­ingly for chil­dren meet­ing ad­di­tional cri­te­ria – pro­vid­ing more sup­port for those fam­i­lies who need it most.

The $30 mil­lion fund­ing is part of Start Strong, a $115 mil­lion in­vest­ment in com­mu­nity preschools and long day care ser­vices aimed at mak­ing 600 hours of early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion more af­ford­able.

Chil­dren who at­tend 600 hours of early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion in the year be­fore school ar­rive at school ready for on­go­ing learn­ing and the ben­e­fits of this are ev­i­dent through­out their lives.

Since 2011 the NSW Govern­ment has in­vested more than $1.6 bil­lion in im­prov­ing early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion in NSW with more than $382 mil­lion this fi­nan­cial year alone.

YOUTH GRANT FUND­ING

As Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Youth, I have just an­nounced one-off grants of up to $50,000 for projects that en­gage young peo­ple to lead and par­tic­i­pate in com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Youth Op­por­tu­ni­ties pro­gram is fo­cused on en­gag­ing with young peo­ple and re­mov­ing bar­ri­ers that pre­vent them from par­tic­i­pat­ing more in their com­mu­nity.

Funded projects from pre­vi­ous rounds have fo­cused on giv­ing young peo­ple the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop a di­verse range of skills, in­clud­ing lead­er­ship, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and teamwork.

The on­line ap­pli­ca­tion process opens on Mon­day 22 May 2017 and closes on Mon­day 26 June 2017. Suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tions will be an­nounced later in 2017.

To ap­ply for a Youth Op­por­tu­ni­ties grant or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.youth.nsw.gov.au/youthop­por­tu­ni­ties.

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