Free attendance to continue at Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Preschool

Staff at TGHN Preschool (L-R): trainee Charli, educator Karen, admin assistant Carey, nominated supervisor Judy, educator Boadi and educator Michelle.

ELIGIBLE children can receive up to two days per week of free attendance at the Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Preschool, thanks to a renewal of the NSW Government’s Start Strong Fee Free Preschool funding.

This is the second year of the Start Strong program, the aim of which is to ensure that NSW children can have access to 600 hours of preschool education in the year prior to entering regular school.

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The Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Preschool, a non-profit organisation that has a parent-based management committee, has operated for over 45 years, providing the local community with a child-centred program, which strives to stimulate and assist children’s development and transition into school.

“Start Strong funding allows eligible children the opportunity for access that they may not have otherwise been afforded,” Judy Clarke, the current nominated supervisor of the Preschool, told News Of The Area.

Ms Clarke, who has been an educator at the Preschool for more than two decades, also told NOTA, “I believe that the early years are very important, if they get a good start in their education, the benefits will last their entire lives.”

Recently, the children at TGHN Preschool have been learning about their immediate environment, how everything is connected to the ocean, and the need to care for and protect the ocean and its creatures.

“The children have been settling in wonderfully during Term 1, enjoying all the facilities and fun activities available,” said Ms Clarke.

According to a regular survey of parents run by the Preschool, “The teachers go above and beyond for the kids, and the Preschool creates a wonderful environment for young minds to learn, grow and thrive.”

The Preschool, open from 8.30 to 4.00, Monday to Thursday, still has vacancies for both three-and four-year-old children.

Further information is available by calling 4997-0037 or emailing to

More specific details on Start Strong, including eligibility requirements, can be found on

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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