Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is calling on preschools in the Cootamundra electorate to apply for a share of $10 million to improve their learning environment.

The boost of funding is the second instalment of the NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments program, which was introduced earlier this year to enhance the physical environment of community preschools.

Ms Cooke said the Quality Learning Environments program has already seen strong take-up in the Cootamundra electorate.

“In the last round of Quality Learning Environments, more than $99,000 was invested to upgrade the learning spaces of seven preschools,” Ms Cooke said.

“The early years of learning are academically recognised as being critical to young people’s development.

“It’s so important that our wonderful preschools are the very best they can be, and I’m delighted there are further opportunities for funding.

“I encourage all of the preschools in the Cootamundra electorate to apply for these grants and create even better learning spaces,” Ms Cooke said.

This funding follows a suite of initiatives announced by the NSW Government this year in the early childhood education space, including the extension of Start Strong funding to cover two years of community preschool for our children, an additional investment of $42.1 million for more Capital Works Grants and Drought Relief Payments for services that are struggling.

All community preschools, including mobile preschools, are eligible to apply for the Quality Learning Environments grants.

Further information including application details is available on the Department of Education’s website https://education.nsw.gov.au/.