Preschool kids go crazy

Staff and children from Richmond Hill Community Preschool held a Crazy Day this week to celebrate Childrens Week and to raise awareness of the governments crazy preschool funding system.

Wearing underpants on your head, a dinosaur tail or your pyjamas all day sounds pretty crazy, and for the preschoolers at Richmond Hill Community Preschool, last Tuesdays Crazy Day was a great chance to go a little wild.

The Crazy Day is partly to celebrate Childrens Week and we have certainly had a fun, crazy day, but its also to highlight the crazy preschool funding system that is in place in NSW, said Richmond Hill Community Preschool director, Lyn Rowlands. The parents pay $22 a day to send their children to our preschool, while at other preschools the fee is less than five dollars, and that is crazy and unfair. Many parents cannot afford to pay this much for one day of preschool, let alone the two days that we are open for, and that is really, really unfortunate.

Richmond Hill Community Preschool is one of 350 NSW preschools that belong to the grass roots lobby group Childrens Choice, started by parents and preschool staff concerned about preschool affordability.

The NSW Governments recent Preschool Investment and Reform Plan has been labelled a budget band aid by the Childrens Choice group, as it will still leave preschool fees unacceptably high for most NSW families and will not provide for staff salary increases.

Its purely and simply about money, and money is what we want from the government, said Lyn.Money so that children do not miss out on this vital step in the education process.

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