Country kids deserve the same opportunities as city kids.

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Early learning is one of the best gifts we can give our children. Science shows that children who attend high-quality early learning are better prepared to enter school, and have better outcomes later in life. 

But for families in the country, accessing early learning can be extremely difficult – in fact, 3.7 million people living in the country have poor access to early learning, and 1 million have no access at all. 

But change is happening. 

Sweeping reforms enacted by the State government will mean families in country NSW will have greater access to early learning – many of which will directly impact families living in rural and remote communities.

Join us for our online event with the Thrive by Five Rural and Remote Action group  on 22 February, 2 pm – 3 pm (AEDT) to find out how these reforms will impact your family, hear the stories of others who are raising children in rural and remote NSW, and have your say about other changes that are needed to make early learning more accessible for country families.

Hosted by Jacqui Emery, CEO of Royal Far West, speakers will include: 

  • Hon. Sarah Mitchell, NSW Minister for Education and Early Learning
  • Meg Mendham, CEO of CCSA
  • Jonathon Peatfield, CEO of Life Education NSW
  • Renee Leslie, THRYVE NSW
  • Griff Longley, Thrive by Five
  • Melissa Harris, Educational leader at Griffith Central Pre-School
  • Pauline Bielefield, proud Kamilaroi woman, and grandmother