Little learners at Young Preschool Kindergarten receive funding boost

Steph Cooke MP at Young Preschool Kindergarten with Fleur Snodgrass, Declan Brown, Mabel Gibson, Monte Murphy and Edith Clarke.
Steph Cooke MP at Young Preschool Kindergarten with Fleur Snodgrass, Declan Brown, Mabel Gibson, Monte Murphy and Edith Clarke.

Young Preschool Kindergarten will install new weather proof awnings to its verandah thanks to funding from the state government.

Cootamundra MP Steph Cooke on Tuesday visited Young Preschool Kindergarten to announce $9085.45 under the government's Quality Learning Environments Program.

The visit coincided with the school's 2020 Book Week celebrations with children dressed in their favourite costumes.

Young Preschool Kindergarten director Angie Milne said the money will help improve access to indoor and outdoor learning environments during winter.

"The preschool verandah is very exposed to the weather on wet and windy days making access limited for an indoor and outdoor program. If we enclose the verandah with weather proof awnings, on wet cold and windy days the area will be totally weather proof," she said.

"This was part of our physical environment strategy which had been developed with the children, families, educators, committee and the wider community. This practice demonstrates meaningful engagement with our families and our community."

Ms Cooke said early learners deserve the best.

"Our littlest learners deserve the best start in life, so it is crucial our early learning services have the resources they need to deliver this," Ms Cooke said.

"This has been an incredibly challenging year and I am pleased this support has been given to these two great services. The NSW government is committed to strengthening education for early learners, and we are showing this support by making these payments early to services who need them."

The Quality Learning Environments program provides grants of up to $15,000 to eligible early childhood services to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments.

Early payment is being made available to those services that have indicated an urgent need for funding.

Further grant applications not requiring early payment will be progressed in December 2020.

Visit the Department of Education website for more information.

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