Premier Gladys Berejiklian at an inner city preschool today. Picture: supplied
NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet​

Families will save $825 a year on average, as NSW becomes the first State in Australia to provide Government subsidies to all three-year-olds to attend community preschool.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell visited an inner city preschool today to discuss the new policy with families and staff.

The reform was made possible thanks to an almost $200 million investment in the NSW Budget 2018, handed down on Tuesday.

“Yesterday’s Budget delivered the benefits of our strong financial management to families and individuals across the State and nothing demonstrates this more than extending preschool access to three-year-olds,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This will give parents more choices around sending their children to preschool while giving our children every support they need to be their best.”

This new policy will also be supported by an investment of $42.1 million in capital works funding to deliver an additional 4000 new community preschool places in growth areas.

Today’s announcement means all three-year-olds will now also have access to two days a week of subsidised preschool education.

Mr Perrottet said the Government was proud to be providing funding for this important reform.

“Not only will this investment result in a better education for our children, it will also have longer-term benefits such as increased likelihood of university attendance, higher lifetime earnings and better health outcomes.

Meg Mendham, who heads Community Connections Solutions Australia (CCSA) and who has more than 25 years of experience in the early childhood education and care sector, welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement.

“I strongly believe the NSW Government’s announcement to extend its preschool subsidy to three-year-olds will give our children the best start in their educational pathway,” Ms Mendham said.

CCSA is a non-profit, non-government early childhood education peak body.

For more information on the Start Strong program visit the Department of Education website.