Forbes Preschool has welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement to continue free Preschool for three to five year old’s in 2021.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Sarah Mitchell announced the funding last week.
The free preschool program which was initially announced in response to COVID-19 has supported countless jobs and kept children learning and engaged during crucial developmental years.
Forbes Preschool Director Amy Shine said the announcement was excellent news for families.
“We work hard to always keep our fees at a minimum and waive them when we can, so it is very encouraging to get the government’s support and endorsement for this,” Amy said.
The funding provides 15 hours of free care per child each week and highlights the government’s acknowledgment of how important preschool is for everyone.
“Early childhood education is crucial to a child’s development, especially in those critical years before school, and with this announcement families know they can include preschool in their children’s early years of learning,” added Amy.
Forbes Preschool has a long and successful history of developing inclusive programs that are holistic in their approach, which prepare the children for school by developing confidence and engaged learning skills, as well as a community minded attitude which benefits children well into adulthood.
“Early learning is such an exciting space to be in and Forbes Preschool continues to be at the forefront of learning and delivery. We are already delivering holistic services which work with the students through speech, occupational therapy and specialised play therapy in all our programs.”
“We continue to try and meet demand, and will partner with Forbes Shire Council and other bodies to ensure we make pre-school available, as it is a crucial time of learning for children under five years of age,” Amy said.