Moree preschools and daycare centres to receive drought support

Adam Marshall visited Kiah Preschool recently to help Moree Plains Shire Council hand out books to children. Kiah Preschool will receive $16,500 as part of the state government's drought relief funding.

Adam Marshall visited Kiah Preschool recently to help Moree Plains Shire Council hand out books to children. Kiah Preschool will receive $16,500 as part of the state government's drought relief funding.

Moree preschools and daycare centres will share in tens of thousands of dollars, as part of one-off drought relief funding from the state government.

Aussie Kids of Moree, Goodstart Early Learning Moree and Gwydir Day Care and Preschool will each receive $21,000; Grace Lutheran Pre-School, Kiah Pre-School and Moree Pre-School will benefit from $16,500 each; and $13,000 will be given to Gwydir Mobile Children's Service.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the funding aims to help ease the cost burden on drought-affected families, ensuring their children remained in early childhood education.

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"The first three years of a child's development are the most important and that's why it's vital the government continues to support families in rural communities to keep their kids in preschool, no matter the cost," he said.

"Preschools and long daycares can use these funds to reduce fees, implement transport initiatives, staff training and environmental adjustments.

"This funding will ensure early childhood services in our region continue to operate, despite the potential drop in enrolments because of the drought.

"In tough conditions like these, we need to ensure our children have access to normality and stability in the form of school and early childhood learning."

Mr Marshall said the funding would help alleviate some of the pressures families were facing in the bush.

"Whether they are from Moree, Inverell, Glen Innes or Guyra, every child deserves access to a top-quality early childhood education," he said.

"Our country kids must have the same services as their city counterparts; times are tough, but as a Government, we must continue to prioritise the support of our regional families.

"I'm pleased to see this extra round of drought support funding for our early childhood learning facilities and I know every dollar will be welcomed and well spent."