Preschool and day care centres across the state will be able to improve their services, with more than $11 million in funding announced today.
The NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments (QLE) grants provide not-for-profit community and mobile preschools and not-for-profit long day care services across the State with funding of up to $15,000 to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments.
Member for Oatley, Mark Coure, said the QLE grants are greatly welcomed by the community, especially after a tough year with drought, fire and COVID-19 for early childhood services.
The grants will fund improvements to physical spaces by enhancing the quality of the grounds and buildings of services. They can also be used to provide specialised educational programs for children to address identified educational needs.
A number of service providers across the St George area have been successful in accessing funding from the QLE grants to deliver improved services, including:
1. South Hurstville Kindergarten received $13,636.36 for a natural sandpit.
2. Penshurst Long Day Care Centre received $13,640.00 for a natural timber dome branch climber.
3. Learning Link’s Preschool at Peakhurst received $13,435.00 for an outdoor garden space.
4. St Marks Preschool Kindergarten – South Hurstville received $10,008.00 to replace their glass security doors and install wind out windows.
5. Goodstart Early Learning Narwee received $9,367.32 for furniture in the preschool room, home corner furniture and outdoor equipment.
6. Arndu St Pauls Preschool received $6,254.54 for renovations to their play structure and renovation of their carpark fence.
"Early childhood education is incredibly important and these grants will help educators provide high quality learning environments for our children," Mr Coure said.
For more information on the guidelines of the QLE Grant, please visit https://education.nsw.gov.au/early-childhood-education/operating-an-earl....