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Early Childhood Education

2021 COVID-19 Free Preschool Funding program for community and mobile preschools | Opt Out form

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2021 COVID-19 Free Preschool funding program - Opt out


The temporary COVID-19 free preschool funding program has been extended throughout 2021 to continue to support families with cost of living pressures and to support the ongoing provision of 600 hours of early childhood education in the year before school.

Funding will be provided as a top up payment to replace a high proportion of estimated fee income. In turn, services are required to provide at least 15 hours of fee-free preschool per week for families.

Start Strong funding and mobile preschool contract funding provided by the NSW Government and support provided under the Australian Government’s JobKeeper program will be taken into account before any additional funding support is provided.

Please refer to the program guidelines for additional information.

For support with this program, please contact the Department’s Early Childhood Education Directorate on 1300 755 426 or