Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Busy Girls at Preschool

Preschool and day care centres across the state will be able to improve their services, with more than $11 million in funding announced today. 

The NSW Government’s Quality Learning Environments (QLE) grants provide not-for-profit community and mobile preschools and not-for-profit long day care services across the State with funding of up to $15,000 to purchase resources and activities which improve physical or educational learning environments.

Member for Davidson, Jonathan O’Dea said the QLE grants are greatly welcomed in the community, especially after a tough year with drought, fire and COVID-19 for early childhood services. 

The grants will fund improvements to physical spaces by enhancing the quality of the grounds and buildings of services. They can also be used to provide specialised educational programs for children to address identified educational needs.

Not-for-profit services in Davidson have been successful in accessing over $137,757,000 from the QLE grants to deliver a range of projects to preschools in locations including St Ives, Killara Park, Belrose and Forestville.

Projects include new fences, installing a water tank, building books helves and storage and also a bathroom upgrade. There are several playground renovations which will improve shaded areas and provide outdoor learning opportunities with an eco-garden, a waterfall, soft play an outdoor equipment.

"Early childhood education is incredibly important and these grants will help educators provide high quality learning environments for our children," Mr O’Dea said.

For more information on the guidelines of the QLE Grant, visit The Department Link .

Service name



(ex GST)

Lady Game Community Kindergarten Fencing $15,000
Gordon Community Preschool Replace existing shelving in classrooms and learning environments $15,000
East Lindfield Community Preschool Renovate the existing playground $15,000
St Ives Preschool Kindergarten Refurbishment of eco garden/shade umbrella $11,466
Lindfield Montessori Preschool Waterfall/water tray set and 7 continent maps/stand  $3,221
Uniting Forest Preschool Belrose Educational program on growing an urban food forest $15,000
Belrose Community & Children's Centre

Landscaping/redesign of Garigal outdoor garden/hill

Integricare Preschool St Ives Bathroom renovation $15,000
KU Bradfield Park Children's Centre Tee pee  $2,340
KU Killara Park Pre-school Hydraulic Nappy Change Table  $4,361
KU St Ives Barra-Brui Preschool Water Tank  $4,725
KU The Chase Preschool Roseville

Active soft play equipment-crash mats

St Stephens Belrose Kindergarten Mud kitchen  $1,754
Forestville Montessori School Preschool Nature Playground $15,000