Saunders backs continuation of free preschool program

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has backed a NSW Government plan to extend COVID-19 relief funding for community and mobile preschools through to the end of the 2020 school year.

On Wednesday, NSW Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell said the continued funding recognises the importance of helping families keep children engaged in preschool education.

Mr Saunders echoed those sentiments, saying it will take a strain off parents at a time when there is so much stress.

“This announcement means that parents don’t have to worry about the financial burden of sending their children to preschool at a time when kids are preparing to make the transition from early childhood education to the primary school system,” he said.

“Our early childhood educators do a wonderful job in preparing kids to make that leap, and I am proud to be part of a government that recognises the importance of that phase of life and is making it easier for parents to keep children in preschool during the pandemic.”

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