Community and mobile preschools will be free for NSW families in 2021

Wingham and District Preschool and the Flying Fox Mobile Preschool will be free for families for another year. Photo supplied
Wingham and District Preschool and the Flying Fox Mobile Preschool will be free for families for another year. Photo supplied

Families and young children in NSW will benefit from an extra year of free preschool with the NSW government announcing funding for community and mobile preschools in 2021.

The NSW Government is committing $120 million to fund a year of free preschool for more than 44,000 three to five year olds in 2021.

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead said the free preschool program has been a key support for families since the beginning of the pandemic and this announcement will provide ongoing certainty for parents.

"Community preschools play a critical role in supporting children and families, and this funding will support these early learning centres to continue teaching children during their most important years," Mr Bromhead said.

This funding will assist families to get on with working and support them to divert family income into other essentials.

"Families can now have certainty moving into 2021, knowing that regardless of their financial situation their child will be able to continue with their preschool education," said Mr Bromhead said.

Early childhood services opting into this program must continue to remain open and available to provide education and care. This is particularly important for children as families return to work.