The upcoming State Budget will include crucial support for young families in with additional funding for community preschools and long day care services.

The 2017-18 budget includes an additional $217 million for the hugely successful Start Strong reforms. This investment is additional to the initial $115 million Start Strong commitment, delivering an historic investment in early childhood.

This is a government that is continuing to back our kids with every single preschool across the Heathcote Electorate to benefit from this ongoing funding. The Liberals & Nationals Government is investing in measures that ease pressure on families, including access to affordable, quality preschool programs across NSW.

This unprecedented investment means community preschools and long day care services will be funded through to 2021 at these new higher Start Strong levels.

Start Strong links needs-based funding to 600 hours of enrolment in quality education in the year before school to ensure more kids participate.

Since the launch of Start Strong in January this year, more than half of all community preschools in NSW have changed their business model in response to the new funding program.