Children in the New England Electorate to benefit from Universal Access

09 Mar 2016

The Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said more than 5,700 children will benefit from the Turnbull Government’s National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.

Mr Joyce said $840 million in federal funding will be available for quality preschool programmes across the country, and that these benefits would be felt across the New England Electorate.

“The National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education guarantees funding for 600 hours of quality preschool in the year before school, and includes a focus on lifting participation rates for children from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds in New  England Electorate,” he said.

“All states and territories including NSW have signed up to the National Partnership Agreement, which is extremely encouraging and means that the funding will flow to local preschools.

“This funding will help 5,736 of preschool children aged between four and five who are enrolled at local preschools in the New England Electorate get the best start in life.”

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said that the National Partnership funding was just one aspect of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to early childhood education.

“As well as the $840 million for the National Partnership Agreement, the Turnbull Government has committed to reforms worth $40 billion for early childhood education and care over the next four years, including more than $3 billion to ensure the system is more accessible, affordable and fairer for families.

“The funding is the single largest investment in early learning and child care that this country has ever seen, and guarantees support for 15 hours of quality preschool education a week for children in the year before school,” Minister Birmingham said.

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