Four preschools in Murray will be receiving upgrades, thanks to a NSW Government initiative aiming to continually improve the environment of preschool services.

A total of $40,986 has been invested in community preschools in Murray, as part of the NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments program, which will fund improvements to preschool grounds and buildings, as well as specialised educational programs for children.

Member for Murray Austin Evans said these grants are making a big difference to preschools.

Pictured with Deniliquin Preschool’s General Manager Felicity Michael.

“In this round of Quality Learning Environments grants, funds have been allocated for specialised educational programs and practices like art classes, yoga or dance lessons, along with service enhancements such as playground renovations or new flooring,” Mr Evans said.

“It is the Nationals & Liberals who are committed to supporting preschools to ensure our littlest learners are getting access to the best quality early childhood education possible.”

Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said these grants have eased some of the pressure off preschools in ensuring children are getting access to top quality early childhood education.

“As a mother myself, I know that often preschools have to rely on fundraising efforts to ensure their service is up-to-scratch physically, and to deliver programs that are more niche,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This funding will ensure all children will have a positive early childhood education experience and actually really enjoy their time at preschool.”

In this round of Quality Learning Environments grants, the following services in Murray will receive upgrades:

  • $11,086 for Biralee Pre-School Finley to erect new shade sails and upgrade the bathroom flooring
  • $15,000 for Griffith Central Preschool to erect a new sun shade
  • $1,300 for Moama & District Preschool to purchase an outdoor park bench and seating
  • $13,600 for Deniliquin Preschool to refurbish the softfall area and also install a sprinkler system for the playground area.

For more information on the Quality Learning Environments program, visit the Department of Education website.