Preschool funding ‘just a bandaid’

THE Northern Rivers Pre-school Alliance has called on election candidates to provide adequate funding, pay parity and support.

The call followed Lismore MP Thomas George's announcement of $5000 funding boosts for certain centres last week.

"We have seen a ridiculously small amount of funding directed to a couple of local preschools," Clunes Community Preschool director Melinda Gambley said.

"But it really is just a band-aid, with preschools in some of our most needy communities such as Goonellabah, Coraki, Jiggi and Bentley missing out.

"For Mr George to pass this off as a 'funding boost' is just plain wrong."

Referring to a $40 million Baird government pledge for Ballina's "super school", Ms Gambley said the disparity in education spending was astounding.

"Less than 2% of the NSW Government's education dollars are spent on early childhood education. We are under-funded and under-supported and local children are missing out," she said.


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