Adelong pre-school receives welcome funding boost

NSW Early Childhood Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and Nationals Wagga Wagga candidate Mackenna Powell with Adelong Preschool Director Rachael Hassett, educators Lyndal Hannan, Vicki Allen and Cheri Ryan and kids from the preschool.

Adelong Pre-School will be building a new environment and water sustainability space thanks to a $14,780 grant from the NSW Government.
The grant is part of the Government’s Quality Learning Environments program, which funds improvements to preschool play spaces and buildings.
NSW Early Childhood Education Minister Sarah Mitchell and Nationals Wagga Wagga candidate Mackenna Powell visited the Preschool on Tuesday.
Preschool Director Rachael Hassett and the staff are excited about getting the funding for the project.
“We wouldn’t be able to afford something like this without doing a lot of fundraising,” Ms Hassett said.
“We didn’t expect to get the money we got so we are very excited. We had a meeting with the Department and they told us to definitely apply.”
The environment and water sustainability space will be a system for collecting and storing water, for efficient use.
“We talk about environmental sustainability to the kids, and teach them that once the water runs out, there is no more,” Ms Hassett said.
“This will reinforce it.”
Work is due to start on the project in the April school holidays.
Adelong Pre-School, which was established in 2012, is one of six preschools across the Wagga Wagga electorate to share in almost $70,000 of funding.
Ms Powell said the grants were making a big difference to preschools in the region and that Adelong Pre-School was doing great things for local children.
“The NSW Liberals and Nationals are committed to supporting preschools to ensure our littlest learners are getting access to the best quality early childhood education possible in the best possible environment,” Ms Powell said.
“In this round of Quality Learning Environments grants in Wagga Wagga, we’ve provided funding for Indigenous engagement excursions, security upgrades and new fences.”
Ms Mitchell said the grants have helped ensure children have access to top quality early childhood education.
“This funding will ensure all children across the region have a positive early childhood education experience and really enjoy their time at preschool,” she said.