Leanne Nixon and Steph Cooke stand surrounded by children on a brightly coloured rug. They all smile at the camera.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has announced funding for the new Ariah Park Preschool.

Ms Cooke awarded a $15,000 grant from the Quality Learning Environments program, which will be used to purchase soft fall mats to be installed under climbing equipment.

Ms Cooke said it was the fourth grant from the QLE program for Ariah Park.

“I am so proud of what is taking place in Ariah Park, creating this fantastic environment for our precious young people to grow and thrive,” Ms Cooke said.

“This $15,000 grant joins $37,802.85 from the three previous rounds of this fund, which has been used to improve the sewerage system, install other soft fall and build a mud kitchen.”

“This latest helping hand will ensure the children here can play and enjoy themselves safely. Well done to Ariah Park Preschool.”

Ariah Park Preschool Director Leanne Nixon said the QLE grant was a welcome boost.

“We are super excited, this funding is going towards the soft fall for our new preschool, giving us safer fall zone for the children,” Ms Nixon said.

“We need this soft fall in place and ready to go, we are hoping we will be in the new space in Term 2 or Term 3.”

“This will be a multipurpose space where we can move the equipment around and have a moveable playground, giving us great flexibility in what we do.”