The Australian Government is continuing to support preschool in 2019
To support states and territories in maintaining universal access to a quality preschool education in the year before school, we have committed an additional $440 million to extend the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education in 2019. This is in addition to our investment of $428 million for preschool in 2018.
This funding will benefit over an estimated 348,000 children in 2019 across all preschool settings and will take the level of Commonwealth investment in preschool to over $3.7 billion since the first National Partnership was agreed in 2008. Importantly, it will provide funding certainty for preschools and long day care centres as the government implements school and child care reforms this year.
High quality preschool supports school readiness
Children who attend a quality preschool program in the year before school do better when they get there, and these benefits have been shown to persist over time.
The benefits can be seen across all elements of national assessment results for Year 3 students, where those that attended preschool outperform others in numeracy, reading, spelling, writing and grammar (see figure).