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  • Writer's pictureHon Sam Farraway MLC


23 Preschool and day care centres across the Barwon electorate will be able to improve their services, with more than $11 million in funding announced today.

The NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments (QLE) grants provide not-for-profit community and mobile preschools and not-for-profit long day care services across the State with funding of up to $15,000 to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments.

Nationals Upper House MP, Sam Farraway said the QLE grants are greatly welcomed in the community, especially after a tough year with drought, fire and COVID-19 for early childhood services.

The grants will fund improvements to physical spaces by enhancing the quality of the grounds and buildings of services. They can also be used to provide specialised educational programs for children to address identified educational needs.

"Early childhood education is incredibly important and these grants will help educators provide high quality learning environments for our children," Mr Farraway said.

Preschools successful in the Barwon electorate were:

  • Murrin Bridge Preschool Association - $15,000 For the extension of existing gross motor/outdoor program

  • Coonamble Pre School Association Inc. - $13,790 To replace existing flooring throughout the preschool

  • Gulargambone Pre-School Incorporated - $15,000 To install new swings and rubber soft fall area

  • Walgett Pre School Kindergarten Incorporated – $ 14,200 To provide the Rock and Water course at Coolibah Kids.

  • Warren Pre School Kindergarten Incorporated- $15,000 Overhaul of the digging patch/play area.

  • Collarenebri Early Childhood Education Centre – $13,613 For the installation of new outdoor equipment and furniture items.

  • Burren Junction Pre-School Association Inc. – $9,446 To replace part of the exterior fence and indoor/outdoor furniture.

  • Coolah Pre-School Kindergarten Inc. – $14,665 To create a multipurpose educational space.

  • Gilgandra Preschool Incorporated – $15,000 Upgrades to outdoor environment including enclosed deck area and softfall play area.

  • Goodooga Pre-School Inc. – $15,000 Replacement of floor coverings.

  • Menindee Pre School Association – $11,504 Rebuilding of steps and other infrastructure projects.

  • Condobolin Pre School Kindergarten Inc. – $13,804 New playground development.

  • Nyngan Preschool Incorporated – $13,651 Playground/outdoor space repair and installation of new carpet.

  • Tooraweenah Pre-School Association Inc. – $6,987 New indoor furniture and outdoor sport equipment.

  • Wee-Waa & District Pre-school Assoc. Inc. – $15,000 To install outdoor shade for play areas.

  • Dunedoo Preschool Kindergarten Inc. – $14,400 For new classroom furniture and storage options.

  • Tottenham Pre-School Kindergarten Association Incorporated – $15,000 To go towards playground maintenance and restructure.

  • Kogil Street Preschool Associated Inc. – $10,004 To go towards new flooring and painting.

  • Nurruby Children’s Services Incorporated – $26,939. To be split between a new creative space at Nurruby Childcare Centre ($12,500) and the conversion of the verandah at Nurruby Wee Waa Community Child Care Centre ($14,439).

  • Mendooran Pre-School Incorporated – $15,000 To develop a new digging patch, mud kitchen and sandpit play area.

  • Bourke and District Children’s Services – $30,000. To be split between a new cultural teaching and learning space at Bourke Children’s Services ($15,000) and new furniture for Bourke Children’s Service Childcare facilities ($15,000).

  • Gainmara Birrilee Preschool Association Ltd – $15,000 To install a new awning.

  • Louth Preschool – $15,000 New outdoor play space and storage area.


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