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Early Childhood Education

COVID-19 Free Preschool funding program for Approved Providers eligible for JobKeeper Payment Scheme

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COVID-19 Free Preschool Funding Program - Confirmation process for Approved Providers eligible for JobKeeper Payment Scheme

Program overview

This program will provide time-limited payments to community and mobile preschools to support staff retention and provide free preschool to local families.

Funding will be provided as a top up payment to replace a proportion of fee income that is being lost as a result of decreasing enrolments due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Service eligibility will be determined and payments made based on responses provided in this confirmation form.

For eligible services, where your confirmation is received prior to 3 June 2020, you will receive a payment from June 2020. Where you complete the confirmation form after this date payment will be progressed in subsequent payment rounds. 

Please refer to the program guidelines for additional information.

For support with this program and the opt-in enrolment process, please contact the Department’s Early Childhood Education Directorate on 1300 755 426 or