South Australian families will continue to have access to 15 hours per week of quality preschool for children in their year before full-time schooling throughout 2019.
Education Minister John Gardner today announced that the State Government has secured funding from the Commonwealth for 2019, under the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education for 2018 and 2019.
The funding agreement will provide $28.4 million to support 22,000 children each year in South Australia.
The funding allows the State Government to provide 15 hours per week of quality preschool for all children in the year before full-time school, accessible from all government preschools, approved non-government preschools and child care centre services.
The funding will also provide preschool services for children with additional or complex needs, including the delivery of the Inclusive Preschool Programs in six locations and the provision of preschool at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government had provided $183 million to support preschool in South Australia since 2013.
"Our Government’s National Partnership arrangements have driven significant improvements in preschool enrolment rates around the country – benefiting millions of children and families over this time," Mr Tehan said.
"Our continued priority for future arrangements is to ensure the preschool settings are right and working for the children in the year before school, so that children are able to fully benefit from preschool."
South Australian Education Minister John Gardner welcomed the agreement and the certainty it provides South Australian families.
"I am very pleased to announce the extension of this funding, which assures South Australian families that they will have access to a valuable 600 hours of preschool for their children in the year before full-time school," said Minister Gardner.
"Children who attend a quality preschool program are more likely to do well at school, and accessing 15 hours per week can make a big difference in educational outcomes for South Australian children.
"Families can have confidence that our state’s preschools are providing a quality service that is the best in the nation."