Preschoolers in the Ballina electorate will have even more reasons to smile, thanks to a major funding boost from the NSW Government for the Lennox Head Community Preschool.
Lennox Head Community Pre School has been approved in principle for a $600,000 grant as part of the NSW Government’s Start Strong Capital Works Grants program for the construction of a new community preschool. The approval is contingent upon confirmation of the build site.
Nationals Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin said the Ballina electorate is expecting to see significant population growth in the coming years, which is why investments like these are crucial.
‘A child’s brain is most formative in the first five years of life, so we will continue to make these crucial funding injections in areas like the North Coast because an investment in our children really is an investment in our future,’ Mr Franklin said.
‘Looking forward, population data shows the number of preschool-aged children in NSW will increase by three per cent by 2021.The NSW Government is meeting this head on, and recognises that children and families – like those in Lennox Head – require high quality preschool services that suit their needs.’
‘This funding will allow the relocation of the Lennox Head Community Pre School to a bigger and more modern facility. I am working with council to ensure that this project remains a key priority for this community.’
Minister for Early Childhood Education Sarah Mitchell said this boost in funding means more children in the Lennox Head community will have access to a quality early childhood education.
‘More and more children in NSW are heading to early childhood education, which is fantastic news, but means as a government we need to support services to ensure they can meet the demand,’ Ms Mitchell said.