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Child’s play: $190,000 for Cessnock early learners


Kurri Kurri and Edgeworth are the latest Hunter suburbs to offer their youngest learners a $190,000 boost after securing grants to upgrade equipment and playgrounds. 

Three Cessnock learning hubs were chosen to share in the windfall as part of the NSW Government’s Local Small Commitments Allocation (LSCA) program.

Kurri Kurri and District Preschool and Kindergarten, Edgeworth Community Preschool and Edgeworth Childcare Centre will all benefit from the funding, which will go towards enhancing services for children across the electorate. 

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Early learners at Edgeworth Community Preschool are set to get more outdoor play area thanks to a $70,000 share in funding. Pictured with Cessnock MP Clayton Barr.

The LSCA initiative is a $37.2 million grants program providing benefits to local communities and councils through a range of capital works, services and programs, events, supplies and equipment, charitable donations, and playground and park upgrades. 

Kurri Kurri and District Preschool and Kindergarten will use its $70,000 for various projects including replacing interior flooring within its learning spaces.  

Edgeworth Childcare Centre has opted to use its $50,000 in funding for a variety of projects, including the replacement of boundary fencing, the replacement of soft fall, and to replace equipment for children to have a space to play and develop.  

Edgeworth Community Preschool has a variety of ventures planned for its $70,000 share of the funding, including removing and replacing its current soft fall, and the extension of its shade sail cover in the outdoor play areas.

Early learners in Kurri Kurri will benefit from new resources.

Cessnock MP Clayton Barr announced the funding earlier this month. 

“Investment into early childhood education is essential for our children to thrive,” he said. 

“It is important to invest in early childhood education and give our kids the best start to their educational journey.  

“The projects that have received funding are essential to assist the development of our youngest citizens including flooring, outdoor playground surfaces and safety.  

“This is just one of the ways the NSW Government is continuing to support children across our community.” 

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