More preschools places are being created for families in Yass thanks to the NSW Government’s $7.5 million Start Strong Capital Works Grants Program, creating more than 400 new places in community preschools across NSW.

This program improves access to community preschool by providing a $700,000 grant towards capital works that will result in 60 new preschool places at Yass Montessori.

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman said the NSW Government is committed to increasing access to early childhood education for families across the state.

“The Capital Works Grants assist our community and mobile preschools in expanding their services, providing more options for local families and giving children the best possible start to their learning journey,” said Mrs Tuckerman said.

Spokesperson for Yass Montessori Preschool, Claire Bremner said they were delighted to have been successful in receiving this grant, which will help build the new preschool.

“Since Yass Montessori began 40 years ago, it has been a long-held dream to create our own, purpose-built preschool that gives children of all backgrounds the opportunity to an early learning education.

The proposed site is located on Church Street, formerly the grounds of a cordial factory and situated on the same street as Tafe and Berinba Public School close to the CBD and parks.

“Receiving this capital works grant means more children in the Yass community and surrounding district will have access to preschool and the wonderful foundation it can provide to developing a lifelong love of learning,” Ms Bremner, said.

The successful applicants from the Stronger Capital Works Grants Program aim to support a variety of service improvements, such as opening new preschools, extending and renovating existing services and purchasing motor vehicles to support the provision of mobile preschool services.

The Start Strong Capital Works Grant Program will support services to increase the number of preschools places available, equipping more children with the social, cognitive and emotional skills that set them up for future learning in their life.

For more information on the Start Stronger Capital Works Grants, visit the Department of Education