The NSW Government has committed to one of the biggest education reforms in a generation, announcing the introduction of a universal pre-Kindergarten year of education.
During a visit to Kingswood Park Public School, a school which already has a pre-Kindergarten, Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith said this is a landmark reform for NSW families and of a scale that has not been seen before in the southern hemisphere.
“We are helping our youngest of learners to thrive, taking pressure off parents and boosting family budgets by introducing a year of free education before kindergarten,” Stuart Ayres said.
“This NSW Government will introduce this incredible reform that will deliver educational benefits for our children and ensure they can have brighter futures.
“This investment is delivering the foundations for a long term, early learning revolution that will make NSW one of the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.”
Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said the evidence is clear that providing the best education starts in the early years.
“Universal pre-Kindergarten will give every child in NSW access to a specialised year of play based learning, smoothing their transition to school and solidifying their path to a brighter future,” Ms Mitchell said.
This transformational new year of preschool education will change and improve, with the help of parents, educators, services and stakeholders, how children enter and prepare for school.
More than $5.8 billion in the 2022/23 NSW Budget was allocated to begin the delivery of a universal pre-Kindergarten year for all children in NSW by 2030. It’s part of the NSW Liberal and Nationals’ $15.9 billion Early Years Commitment to deliver a brighter future for every child in NSW.