First preschool offering 600 hours free launches

CANTERBURY Bankstown Council has opened its first preschool to help address the growing demand for affordable early childhood education in the area – and there are still places available.

The Carrington Square Preschool opened this week and will cater for 40 children in groups of 20 attending two days each.
Mayor Khal Asfour said the preschool was opened under the Start Strong Free Preschool funding model, which means families will be able to access 600 hours of free preschool a year for their children.
He says this innovative space is also the first of its kind, as the first centre to combine an occasional care centre and preschool in the same facility, providing a great opportunity for families with children of different ages to receive early childhood education at the same location.
“With prices of fuel and food escalating we don’t want families to have to choose between their child’s education and basic needs,” he said.
“I am glad that the council is able to offer this amazing preschool to our community to assist with early childhood education. We know that the early years are most vital for children’s learning and development, leading to better outcomes for children as they progress through their years of schooling.”
The new preschool, located at 2 Carrington Square, will offer free education for eligible three to five-year-olds and operate during school terms, with the option for additional paid care during the holidays and on an extra weekday.
Priority will be given to four-year-old children, as well as three-year-old children from Aboriginal families, low income families and those with special needs.
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