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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The growing demand for childcare places at the Pied Piper Preschool is set to be addressed thanks to funding from the NSW Government.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole visited Wallerawang to meet with preschool director Brad Campbell and local builder Darren Thompson as work on a $700,000 expansion program kicked off.

With the project expected to be completed towards the end of the year, the concrete slab has been poured while the timber frames are expected to arrive shortly.

Mr Toole said it was great to see Lithgow-based company Jatomeda get the contract for the build.

“Local contractors will be working on the project, so it’s a win, win situation for everyone involved,” he said.

“When the extensions are completed, Piped Piper Preschool will be able to increase its capacity to cater from 39-60 children.”

Mr Toole said Pied Piper has also received a grant of $14,055 to replace the worn out shade sails which cover the outdoor playground areas.

The NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments (QLE) grants provide not-for-profit community and mobile preschools and not-for-profit long day care services with support of up to $15,000 to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments.

Mr Toole said the QLE grants are greatly welcomed in the community, especially after a tough year with drought, fire and COVID-19 for early childhood services.


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