NSW Start Strong Free Preschool Funding

If you're a parent in New South Wales with a child aged three to five years old, you may be eligible for free preschool funding through the State Government's Start Strong Free Preschool Funding program.

What is the Start Strong for Community Preschools program?

The Start Strong Free Preschool program by the NSW Government helps families access quality early education for their children, providing them with a strong foundation for success in school and beyond. Only About Children is participating in Start Strong funding at all our Sydney campuses.

In 2024, for the first time, there will be $500 per child of fee relief for 3 year old children attending eligible preschool programs in long day care. This builds on existing fee relief delivered through Start Strong of up to $2,110 per child for 4 and 5 year olds. The NSW Government will be releasing details shortly.

NSW Start Strong Preschool Funding FAQ’s

What is Start Strong Preschool Funding?

Start Strong Preschool Funding is a New South Wales Government initiative to help make Preschool more affordable, reducing the stress for families across NSW.

When is new Start Strong Funding available from?

The new Start Strong Funding will commence in January 2024 and continue throughout 2024. Full details from the NSW Government are yet to be released.

Can families receive Start Strong Funding at Only About Children?

Yes, Only About Children is participating in Start Strong funding at all our Sydney campuses.

Learn more about our unique Preschool 2-year school readiness program at Only About Children.

How much is the Start Strong payment?

For eligible children aged 4 and 5, the Start Strong payment is $2,110 per child with a minimum 2 day booking per week on average (600+ hours of care). This equates to $40.57 per week. If less than a 2 day booking per week, you will eligible for 67% of the funding.

For eligible children aged 3, the Start Strong Payment will be $500 per child. Full details from the NSW Government are yet to be released.

Who is eligible for Start Strong Funding?

NSW children who are 3 years old on or before 31 July 2024 can receive funding at one service. More information on payments and eligibility criteria can be found on the NSW Government Start Strong Funding webpage.

 

For more information

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