State politics: Certainty for families with free childcare in 2021

HELPING HAND: Families and children will benefit from a year of free preschool in 2021. Photo: SUPPLIED
HELPING HAND: Families and children will benefit from a year of free preschool in 2021. Photo: SUPPLIED

WORKING families and young children will benefit from a year of free preschool with the NSW Government announcing funding for community preschools in 2021.

This $120 million commitment will help more than 44,000 three to five-year-olds attending community preschool. The free preschool program has been supporting families since the beginning of the pandemic.

Since the initial announcement of our COVID-19 response, the free preschool program has saved countless services and jobs while keeping our children learning during their most important years. This funding will help families get on with working and allow them to divert family income into other essentials.

Families will have certainty moving into 2021, knowing their child will be able to continue with their preschool education.

War memorials

GRANTS of up to $10,000 are available for projects that repair, protect and conserve existing war memorials throughout NSW.

I urge groups to take up the chance for this support for conservation projects which could be large scale or involve heritage work. Organisations including memorial trusts, veteran groups and local councils can apply.

The NSW Government is proud to support projects that pay tribute to our veterans and ensure our strong Anzac legacy is taught for generations to come.

Go to www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/heritage/community-war-memorials-fund/

Presentation days

I'M pleased to advise that school presentation days for the end of the year can now go ahead.

Principals will decide the most appropriate format, which may include online or live-streamed events, or splitting the school into year group cohorts.

Schools must comply with COVID rules, including the four square metre rule for venues, and parents may also attend presentation days.

P&C meetings can be held on-site after school hours from November 12, with a maximum of 20 people.