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The NSW Government is making preschool more affordable for more families, with preschool fee relief locked in for the next four years through a more than $1.4 billion investment in a new Affordable Preschool Program. The Affordable Preschool Program will ease the cost of living pressure for families and ensure more children receive high quality education in the crucial year before school.

Families in NSW will save thousands of dollars a year on childcare costs thanks to the NSW Government’s landmark investment of up to $5 billion over the next decade to expand access to high quality, affordable care. Under the reforms, a middle-income Sydney family with one child in full-time childcare can save up to $3,900 a year. A further $281 million will be invested in the early childhood workforce to provide scholarships and increase the number of early childhood educators in NSW. This includes higher education scholarships of up to $25,000, VET scholarships of up to $2,000 and employer supplements for staff retention.

A further $743 million has been injected by the NSW Government into palliative care and other specialist health services will bring greater comfort and dignity to NSW residents with life-limiting illnesses. This boost in funding for end-of-life palliative care, will deliver equitable access to pain management services, avoid unnecessary hospitals stays and provide comfort and dignity to NSW residents at the end of life.