Alstonville Community Preschool was officially opened by NSW early childhood education minister Leslie Williams on Saturday.
It was funded under the Department of Education’s community preschool capital works grants program and received $384,881 towards construction of the new building.
It is only the fifth project funded under the program to be completed and the first to deliver new premises.
Mrs Williams said the NSW Government was committed to increasing the number of places in rural and remote preschools.
‘This preschool is a fantastic addition to the Alstonville community and I am delighted that the NSW Government assisted with its construction costs,’ Mrs Williams said.
Building on the success of this initiative, minister Williams recently announced an expansion of the capital works grants program to $8 million.
Ben Franklin MLC said the preschool would ensure that children in Alstonville and surrounding towns will have the opportunity to access quality early childhood education close to home.
‘Today’s opening is the result of the community working together to build a preschool that will be of great benefit to the town.
‘I encourage other preschools in the area who are looking to rebuild, refurbish, or extend their services to apply for a grant.’ Mr Franklin said.
Further details about the Community Preschool Capital Works Grants program are available on the Department of Education website – www.dec.nsw.gov.au/ecec