Free childcare for thousands of Australian parents – find out if your family is eligible
A groundbreaking program will be launched next year that introduces universal free childcare the year before NSW children start school, with ‘childcare deserts’ being the first to benefit.
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet says families in Mount Druitt in Sydney’s west, Wagga Wagga in the Riverina, Kempsey and Nambucca in the north, Bourke in the far west and Cobar and Coonamble in the central west will be the first to board of the program.
Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet says the program will benefit children’s development in many ways
Early childhood care at the seven sites will begin rolling out the first phase of the universal pre-kindergarten policy early next year, asking interested providers to register now.
The ten-year investment of $5.9 billion in universal kindergartens was the centerpiece of the NSW 2022-23 budget and was touted as a way to get women back into work and address the gender pay gap.
The government promised to create places in Sydney’s west, southwest and regional NSW, where there is less than one shelter for every three children.
The prime minister says more locations will be added ahead of the state-wide implementation of an all-new year of children’s education by 2030.
can tSeven NSW ‘childcare deserts’ will be the first to benefit from a program that offers a free year of preschool education before children start school.
The scale of the program was unprecedented in Australia and would “benefit the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of our youngest pupils,” he said Monday.
“This is a life-changing investment by the NSW government to ensure our children can enjoy a full year of quality early childhood education at no cost to parents,” said Perrottet.
Education Secretary Sarah Mitchell says that in the first phase, families and services will help shape the rollout of the initiative across the state.
“This first phase of universal pre-kindergarten will allow us to gather critical information ahead of the implementation of the program in NSW,” said Ms Mitchell.
“We continue to work with families, top agencies, service providers and schools to develop the best model of universal preschool for NSW.”
Workshops for eligible providers will be held in pilot regions in November and expressions of interest will close on December 16.