Flood affected preschools in the Northern Rivers are set for further help with a new $30,000 in Government grants, NSW Nationals MPs Geoff Provest and Chris Gulaptis have announced.

The MP’s said the Mother’s Day announcement was backed with $9 million specifically reserved for early childhood education services in the local government areas from the Tweed right down to the Clarence and Richmond Valley.

“Wonderful community preschools like those in Evans Head and Condong on the Tweed River were submerged and getting the little ones back to a safe and comfortable learning environment is among the top priorities of the recovery effort,” they said.

Minister for Emergency Services and Flood Recovery, Nationals MP Steph Cooke  said the grants were designed for repairs to help get services back up and running and to take the pressure off families who may also be trying to recover.

Minister for Education and Early Learning, Nationals MLC Sarah Mitchell said early childhood service were critically important in regional communities.

“I encourage eligible providers to apply today so they can get their services back to normal as quickly as possible,” Ms Mitchell said.

The ECEC Flood Emergency Grants are available to community preschools, mobile preschools, long day care services, multifunctional Aboriginal Children’s Services, Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, family day care services, occasional care services and out of school hours care services. 

Grant applications close on 30 May 2022. For more information and to apply, please

visit: www.nsw.gov.au/floods/financial-support/businesses