Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

$25Mil Head Start for Littlies

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

$25Mil Head Start for Littlies

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Byline: Rodney Stevens rodney.stevens@northernstar.com.au

FAMILIES across the Northern Rivers will have more money in their pockets following the announcement of fee reductions for preschoolers in the region.

Education Minister Adrian Piccoli joined Lismore MP Thomas George yesterday to make the announcement in front of dozens of excited children at Clunes Community Pre-School.

The OaFarrell Governmentas $25 million early childhood education funding package is designed to give all enrolled preschool child- ren access to a quality education program in the year before they start school.

Mr Piccoli said the package was made up of $20 million to cover the fee reductions and a $5 million capital works fund that preschools across the state could apply for.

aPreschools and early childhood education are a critical part of the education portfolio and we really need to get early childhood right so that we give kids the best chance when they go onto primary school,a he said. …

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