Preschool fees to be slashed by NSW government

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Highlights

  • The NSW government will spend AU$1.4 billion over four years to help parents slash preschool fees up to AU$4,000 per year for each child.
  • Funds will be provided for children in the age group 3-5-year-olds attending community or mobile preschool.
  • A part of the funding will also be provided to private childcare providers to establish over 40,000 more places in the regions lacking such facilities as suburban, regional and rural NSW areas.

Education is an expensive affair for parents across Australia. Especially with inflation touching record highs, it is challenging for parents, especially those from economically weaker sections, to meet their monthly household expenses.

Amid these difficult times, people shouldn’t be compromising on essentials such as good food, education, and healthcare. So, in between daily news of skyrocketing prices, crunch in oil supply and rise in national interest rate, NSW residents have recently received a piece of relieving news- NSW government is all set to launch one of the biggest education reforms in a generation.

Thanks to the expensive education system, at times, parents decide to skip preschool for their children. According to experts, preschool is essential for children because it helps them develop their social, emotional, and cognitive skills. However, on the other hand, maintaining household expenses along with preschool fees could be challenging for parents. To much relief for many, the NSW government has developed a relief package for parents.

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Peschool fees to be slashed

The NSW government has recently committed a family-friendly relief fund for parents who have their kids in preschool. The government will spend AU$1.4 billion over four years to help parents slash the preschool fees by AU$4,000 per year for each child.

The funds will be provided for children in the age group 3-5-years, attending community or mobile preschool. Additionally, a part of the funding will also be provided to private childcare providers to establish around 47000 more places in the regions lacking such facilities as suburban, regional and rural NSW areas.

However, that’s not where the entire problem of efficient preschool in the state will be solved. There is a significant problem of staff inefficiency among preschool teachers. This inefficiency is majorly because of the low pay. Thus, there is a need to enhance the remuneration levels in the sector.


 


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