Jump of 40 per cent in children attending preschool for 600 hours, says Daryl Maguire

PRESCHOOL EDUCATION: Billy Dewson, 4, Sid Baker, 5, Winnie McDonald, 4, and Harper Rodham, 4, at St Luke's Preschool, Wagga. Picture: Les Smith
PRESCHOOL EDUCATION: Billy Dewson, 4, Sid Baker, 5, Winnie McDonald, 4, and Harper Rodham, 4, at St Luke's Preschool, Wagga. Picture: Les Smith

The number of children in NSW undertaking 600 hours a year of preschool has jumped 40 per cent in a year.

Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire attributed the increase to the state government’s Start Strong program.

“These results prove the NSW government’s Start Strong program is working – it is reducing fees, improving quality and strengthening the early childhood workforce for families in the electorate,” he said.

A 2017 preschool census –  the first since the implementation of the Start Strong reforms – assessed 737 community preschools.

Lisa Addison, the director of St Luke’s Preschool, said there was a strong demand for places the centre.

“Preschool prepares children for life, so it is wonderful to hear that in NSW access to preschool has increased,” Ms Addison said.