Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter was joined today by Minister for Early Childhood Education to announce that Dungog Preschool has received $10,000 to create a covered paved outside play space, install timber decking and for additional storage space through a NSW Government initiative aiming to improve the environment of preschool services.
A total of $141,387 has been invested in 12 projects across community preschools in the Upper Hunter Electorate 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.
Mr Johnsen said these grants are making a big difference to preschools in the region.
“In this round of Quality Learning Environments grants, funds have been allocated for service enhancements such as playground renovations, new flooring, nature play spaces and kitchen upgrades,” Mr Johnsen said.
“It is the Liberals & Nationals in the Upper Hunter who are 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, whether they are from South Dowling Street in Sydney or Dowling Street in Dungog will have a positive early childhood education experience and actually really enjoy their time at preschool.”
Dungog Preschool also received $13,000 to create a safe walking space under a previous round of Quality Learning Environments.