Port Stephens Council’s mobile preschool is set to expand its services to five days a week after receiving $60,000 as part of the NSW Department of Education’s Early Childhood Education Directorate.
The grant supplements existing funding to a total of $220,000 in 2019 allowing the council to increase staff hours and provide better equipment for children, according to the council’s Community Services Section Manager Steve Bernasconi.
“Our service is focused on prioritising enrolments of four and five year olds before they begin kindergarten, while supporting Indigenous and low income families, as well as families of children with disability from three years old,” he said.
“We aim to help children learn the skills to be school-ready through exploration and experimentation by growing their unique abilities.
“As this grant supplements our existing funding, the mobile preschool will now benefit from more than $220,000 in 2019. This will see us able to increase staff hours and provide better equipment for the children.
“This means we’ll be expanding our service from four to five days, plus adding in an additional location at Fern Bay to allow even more Port Stephens families to benefit. We’re proud to see this service grow in 2019.”
Port Stephens Council’s Mobile Preschool will service Anna Bay, Fern Bay, Grahamstown, Medowie, and Raymond Terrace in 2019.
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