• The Hon. Paul Toole MP

SUPPORT FOR ABORIGINAL CHILDREN TO ACCESS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IN PORTLAND

Aboriginal children and families in the Portland area will have additional support to participate in 600 hours of quality early childhood education in the two years prior to school.

Over 50 eligible early childhood education services will receive grants that will allow preschool students to engage and learn in their earliest years.


This includes Blinky Bill Early Learning at Portland which will receive a grant of $10,000 to support access to quality preschool education for Aboriginal children that will benefit and enrich the development of culture in the community.


Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the funding can be used for initiatives such as transport services to help families access the preschools, development opportunities for staff to learn how to further support Aboriginal children and engagement with Aboriginal community members.


Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the grants will provide educational activities that will strengthen the foundations of children's learning in those crucial years before school.

“I’m excited that Aboriginal children in the Portland area will be supported to participate in preschool. We know that participation in early childhood education is fundamental to ensure children have the best possible start to their educational journeys,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This is about making sure that Aboriginal children and their families are supported and have easy access to quality early learning.”