Child’s play for Steph Cooke in Gooloogong | Photos, video

Cowra’s youngest learners were some of the winners from the National Party’s roadshow which hit Cowra on Thursday morning.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke stopped in Gooloogong on her way to the Party’s state conference where she announced funding for Gooloogong as well as for a new pre-school to be based at the Holmwood School.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce an initial $60,000 grant from the NSW Government to establish a new mobile pre-school venue at Holmwood Public School,” Ms Cooke said during her visit to Gooloogong, in between playing with the children at the mobile pre-school.

“This means more childcare options for hardworking families in the Cootamundra electorate and more educational opportunities for our electorate’s youngest learners.”

“We’re very excited about the $60,000 for Holmwood.

“As the local member I am really happy about that,” Ms Cooke said.

Cowra Early Childhood Mobile Service coordinator Penny Smith said the new venue would be a huge boost.

“There’s currently no state-funded preschool centre in Cowra, so for us to be able to provide this 8kms away in Holmwood is fantastic,” Ms Smith said.

“We were approached by the school principal last year to explore this.

“She is really excited about the benefits of including children and the opportunity to transition them from early learning into the primary school system,” Ms Smith said.

The grant will go towards the purchase or lease of a new vehicle, staffing arrangements, operational costs and additional equipment.

Cowra Mobile Preschool also recently scored a Quality Learning Envrionments Grant of $13,362 to enhance the outdoor, natural learning environments at their venues in Gooloogong and Mandurama.

“We’re investing another $14,000 here for additional resources which will help the children and the teachers who invest so much in their education,” Ms Cooke said.

“It will add quality at that time in their early life just before they reach school.”

In relation to the funding for Gooloogong and Mandurama Ms Smith said “any opportunity that we have to extend on programs that we already have is a bonus”.

“In our eyes the children win,” Ms Smith said.