Reforms mean more funding for NSW children with disability

NEW South Wales children living with disability in regional and rural areas of the state will be given more support to attend community preschool under a suite of new reforms.

The Preschool Disability Support Program, announced on Sunday, will see $17 million made available to community preschools across New South Wales, including an additional $2 million towards supporting young children each year.

New South Wales Education Minister Adrian Piccoli said on Sunday the Preschool Disability Support Program recognises the impact of disability on children, their families and community preschools.

"Attending preschool is an important developmental stage in the life of any young child and it is important to extend this experience to young children with disability," he said.

"Clearly, all community preschools need extra assistance to support the inclusion of children with disability.

"In particular, children with disability in rural and remote areas often face extra barriers and I am proud there will be increased support to meet the needs of these children."

Mr Piccoli said funding would be provided at three different levels depending on the level of assistance needed for a child to participate in preschool.

He said those level are, $45 per day for children requiring moderate help, $90 per day for children needing considerable adult assistance and $120 per day for children requiring intensive support.

The new program replaces the current Supporting Children with Additional Needs and Intervention Support Program programs for community preschools.


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