Federal Labor will invest $500,000 to help deliver new classrooms for Globe Wilkins Preschool in Marrickville.
This commitment, together with the $500,000 already announced by Jo Haylen and NSW Labor, means the plan to build four extra classrooms at the preschool can get underway.
Globe Wilkins Preschool is one of our nation’s finest preschools. Operated by the Inner West Council, it has received the Australian Childcare Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) Excellence Rating – the highest rating a service can achieve. It is also the only preschool in Sydney to have received it more than once.
The preschool has been based at Wilkins Public School for 20 years. While Wilkins Public has experienced a big increase in enrolments, the State Liberal Government has refused to provide the additional infrastructure the school needs to accommodate new students. It claims that the school has ‘available’ space – the same space used by the preschool.
Now the State Liberal Government has added to the uncertainly around Globe Wilkins’ future by trying to push ahead with a restricted tender for the preschool. This means we might see a private operator operating a private preschool on public land, and the closure of Globe Wilkins altogether.
The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said the extra $500,000 investment would help secure the preschool’s future.
“This funding is proof that education is a top priority for Labor. I am determined to see Globe Wilkins Preschool continue its history of excellence for many years to come,” Ms Plibersek said.
Jo Haylen the Member for Summer Hill welcomed the funding increase:
“This is a huge win for Globe Wilkins, who have fought tooth and nail to protect their beloved preschool.”
A Shorten Labor Government will guarantee access to subsidised preschool for all three and four year old Australian kids.
This would be the biggest ever investment in early childhood education in Australia.