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.