Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care Inc Centre have been awarded $142,934 thanks to the NSW Government’s commitment to ensure that all parents with children at public primary schools have greater access to Before and After-School Care.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the latest round of the NSW Government’s Transport Grant Program to support Before and After-School Care (BASC) has been assessed and awarded to services in Weddin Shire.
“I’m so pleased that Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care Inc Centre are among the beneficiaries of this funding,” Ms Cooke said.
“This funding for the purchase of a bus will increase the viability of the service, which currently has a bus hire arrangement in place.
“By providing a transport service for school-aged children means an increase in enrolments and access for parents and families within Grenfell and surrounding villages.”
“I’m proud to be part of a government that is providing funding to ensure that all parents with children at public primary schools have access to Before and After-School Care (BASC). These services support students and their families.”
Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care Centre Director Wezley Makin said this funding will enable their service to create a dedicated program for their Before and After School Children when travelling between their local primary schools.
“This will also allow us as a service to provide a better connection with our local community within the Weddin Shire to allow students and children of our service to easily get out and about through excursions through Vacation Care and even branching out into surrounding communities,
“By enabling deeper community engagement and improving accessibility for our parents, families, and children for our service,” Mr Makin said. Grants worth a total of $3.9 million were awarded to 33 applicants spread across the state. BASC service providers were invited to apply for grants of up to $160,000 to support transport solutions to increase access to BASC services, with priority given to students in small, regional and/or remote public schools who do not currently have access to these services.