Rebecca Slade

Have you heard about the Start Strong funding initiative by the NSW Department of Education?  

This program aims to reduce daily fees for children aged 3 to 5 years, emphasising the importance of structured, play-based learning before starting school. The Department recognises that early participation in such programs helps children develop essential social, emotional, and cognitive skills crucial for lifelong learning. By rolling out Start Strong funding, the Department aims to make quality preschool programs more accessible to families, ensuring children have the opportunity to benefit from 600 hours of preschool education before entering school. 

At Big Fat Smile, we wholeheartedly support this initiative as part of our commitment to providing high-quality early education and care. We believe in putting children first and strive to create a safe, child-centric environment that nurtures their growth and development. 

When you enrol at one of our Term Only Preschools, we align our fees with the Start Strong funding, so you only pay the remaining balance after the funding is applied. Additionally, if you choose a long day care service, you will also receive the Federal Government Child Care Subsidy on top of the Start Strong funding, further easing the financial burden for families. 


Start Strong Funding Details for Different Services 

  • Term Only Preschools typically follows school hours and term dates 

 Details specific to how Start Strong funding applies to Term Only Preschools can be found here:

  • Long Day Care Services will offer longer daily hours and public holiday and Christmas holiday closures only. 

Information on how the funding works for 3-5 year old children attending Long Day Care services Preschools can be found here:

By leveraging Start Strong funding, we aim to make quality early education more accessible and affordable for families, ensuring that every child receives the essential foundation for a successful learning journey. If you have a child in the eligible age group, don’t miss out on the opportunity to benefit from this government initiative. 

 Join us in supporting early education and providing children with the best start in their educational path. Apply today by calling our Client Engagement Consultants on 1300 002 237. 

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