BINGARA PRESCHOOL RECEIVES $7,000 FUNDING BOOST

BINGARA PRESCHOOL RECEIVES $7,000 FUNDING BOOST

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Gwydir Shire Council’s Social Services Manager Suzanne Webber at the Bingara Preschool.

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has today announced a $7,000 funding boost for Bingara Preschool as part of a one-off injection of $105,000 by the State Government to preschools throughout the electorate to help improve access to preschool for children in rural and remote communities.

Mr Marshall visited the Bingara Preschool late last week to discuss the initiative with staff and Gwydir Shire Council representatives.

“This is a great opportunity for 15 of our region’s preschools and outreach services, which will each receive a one-off grant of $7,000 to introduce initiatives which will help them connect with families who are not sending their children to preschool,” Mr Marshall said.

“The aim is to ensure children who are located in rural and remote areas are able to access quality early childhood education.

“We have long recognised that students achieve better results if they attend preschool before they enrol at a primary school level.

“Each preschool will now decide how to best use the funding to achieve the desired outcome. They may focus on providing transport for students or encourage parents to send their children to school through outreach information events.”

Mr Marshall said the program was part of the government’s rural and remote education blueprint, designed to support preschools’ outreach initiatives, improving engagement and universal access for hard to reach and vulnerable children in these areas.

Preschools can use the funding for activities such as:

• developing information resources to support parents in accessing and engaging with the preschool;
• engaging with the local Aboriginal community to encourage preschool participation;
• establishing partnerships with local schools, councils or bus providers, to provide transport to preschool for local children; and
• providing IT skills training to preschool staff to increase the online presence of the preschool.

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