Local families to benefit as locations of 100 new public preschools revealed

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Families in the Electorate of Cessnock will benefit from expanded access to early childhood education as the NSW Government unveils the locations for 100 new public preschools across the state.

This is the biggest investment in public preschools in NSW history.

Co-located at public primary schools, the new public preschools will be built over the next three years in areas of greatest need across NSW, including six in the Electorate of Cessnock.

Across the Electorate of Cessnock, the NSW Government have committed to building co-located public preschools at:

  • Cessnock Public School
  • Ellalong Public School
  • Kearsley Public School
  • Kurri Kurri Public School
  • Nulkaba Public School
  • Weston Public School

After more than a decade of decline in education outcomes, the NSW Government will prioritise quality education in the early years, giving every child the best start for success.

The NSW Government is investing a record $769 million to deliver 100 new public preschools by 2027, including delivering preschools at new public primary schools.

The public preschools will improve access for families across NSW, with sites selected by a NSW Department of Education Panel, overseen by an independent chair and probity advisor, based on rigorous assessment criteria which considered educational need, child development and socioeconomic data, preschool demand, infrastructure feasibility and insights gained through consultation.

Co-locating public preschools with existing schools will ensure children are ready for kindergarten and will assist busy working families with cost of living pressures, help avoid the double drop off, and make the transition to school as seamless as possible.

The NSW Government’s election commitment to deliver 100 public preschools is in sharp contrast to the Liberal and Nationals’ unrealistic claim it would build 500 preschools– a last minute announcement made on the eve of an election, with zero consultation and no proper planning.

This is part of the NSW Labor Government’s historic investment in early childhood education, which includes a $60 million commitment to build and upgrade 50 preschools on non-government school sites in areas of greatest educational need. The NSW Government has also committed up to $29.4 million to expand the number of early childhood workers in NSW through a scholarship program, which has seen a record number of applications. The Government has also provided $17 million to support capital works for early childhood services in areas of need.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Learning Prue Car said:

“We made a commitment to build 100 public preschools because we understand the value of public education – and we believe that equity in education starts in the early years.”

“Postcodes should not act as a barrier to accessing the best start in life and every child should have access to high quality resources from a young age, including having access to preschool.

State Member for the Electorate of Cessnock Clayton Barr said:

“I am thrilled to see my local community will be gaining expanded access to public preschools.”

“This is a major investment, not just in expanding access to public preschool, but in the future of the children in the Electorate of Cessnock. This investment in our community will see us reap rewards for years to come.”