NSW Labor Leader, Michael Daley, announced today that Labor will ensure all new public primary schools have preschool or day care services, saving parents from the “double drop off”.
New multi-purpose education precincts being built by Labor will include either a preschool, a long day care centre or out-of-school hours care.
Over the last eight years, the Liberals and Nationals have failed to cater for the influx of new students.
Instead, they are spending $2.2 billion demolishing and rebuilding stadiums.
By 2036, it’s estimated that there will be one million students enrolled in NSW public schools. This is an increase of 200,000 students compared to today.
By integrating preschools, long day care centres, out-of-school-hours care facilities with primary schools, Labor will save parents time by reducing “double drop-offs”, supporting working parents by increasing the availability of early learning and before-and-after-school care services.
“Labor will consult with local communities to determine the appropriate mix of services for each new education precinct,” Mr Daley said.
To help support school numbers across NSW, Michael Daley and Labor will also assist the construction of new non-government schools by exempting them from developer levies.
Mr Daley said: “This will encourage the construction of new schools in growing communities and provide parents with more choices for their child’s education.”
Shadow Minister for Education, Jihad Dib, said: “The Liberals and Nationals have failed NSW school students and families.
“Only Labor will ensure school infrastructure keeps up with demand for education places now and into the future.”
Shadow Minister for Early Education, Kate Washington, said: “It’s so important for children to access preschool education prior to school and yet the Liberals and Nationals continue to underfund and undervalue the sector.”
Labor has already committed to air-condition every public school in NSW.