A group of women and small children stand together on grass. In the middle of the group Caroline Bamblett and Steph Cooke MP hold a large cheque.
Caroline Bamblett and Steph Cooke MP with members of the Yalbillinga Boori Day Care Centre team and community.

More preschools places are being created for families in the Cootamundra electorate thanks to the NSW Government’s $7.5 million Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program, creating more than 400 new places in community preschools across NSW. 

The Yalbillinga Boori Day Care Centre in Cowra has been granted $230,063 from the funding which will be used to purchase a new demountable building for their preschool class.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said she was delighted to announce the funding which will create an additional 15 spaces for preschoolers.

“It’s well known just how important the first five years of life are, and how vital it is we engage young people in learning right from the start,” Ms Cooke said.

“This investment from the NSW Government in to the Yalbillinga Boori Day Care Centre is an investment in Cowra’s future and a signal to local families that this is a great place to raise children.”

“This grants program along with a continuation of free childcare in to 2021 is a huge support for local families and a boost for our littlest learners.”

Yalbillinga Boori Centre Manager Caroline Bamblett said she was delighted to receive the grant.

“We are really excited, this means we can provide 15 extra places for children the year before they go to school in a set preschool room, with similar hours to school,” Ms Bamblett said.

“We always have a waiting list and this will mean we can accommodate more children, this will create a great opportunity for local kids.”

The successful applicants from the Stronger Capital Works Grants Program aim to support a variety of service improvements, such as opening new preschools, extending and renovating existing services and purchasing motor vehicles to support the provision of mobile preschool services. 

The Start Strong Capital Works Grant Program will support services to increase the number of preschools places available, equipping more children with the social, cognitive and emotional skills that set them up for future learning in their life. 

For more information on the Start Stronger Capital Works Grants, visit the Department of Education