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.