ACCESS TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FOR ALL

Globe Wilkins Preschool is the only Council-run preschool in Sydney’s Inner West. Based on site at Wilkins Public School in Marrickville, Globe’s future is under threat. A spate of high density developments in the area has left the school facing an influx of enrolments with no corresponding funding. The State Government has stated that it will not provide any infrastructure as the school has ‘available’ space – the space that the preschool has resided on for 20 years.

This dismissal is at complete odds with the Department of Education’s own policy, which advocates for increased access to high-quality Early Childhood Education, citing research that this not only gives children the best start at school but sets them up for the rest of their lives.

Globe Wilkins Preschool strives to create a fairer and more equitable playing field for everyone in the community. The Australian Refugee Council, Brighter Futures and Plumtree consistently refer families to Globe for guaranteed exceptional care and education.

Globe has the highest number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enrolled across all Council Early Learning Centres and collaborates closely with the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. Globe promotes a culture which values and respects Indigenous children and families and has implemented a localised Aboriginal Preschool Language program, as well as employing Indigenous educators to reinforce a sense of cultural identity and provide a strong Aboriginal role model for Indigenous children.

Globe also has the highest number of children who experience a disability enrolled across all Council Early Learning Centres and the educators strive to eliminate the barriers that families and children face through the social construct of disability.

Furthermore, Globe Wilkins is the only Inner West preschool to receive the Australian Childcare Education and Care Quality Authority Excellence Rating, the highest rating a service can achieve. It is also the only preschool in Sydney to have received it more than once.

We call on the Local and State Governments to preserve the legacy of the preschool and its commitment to the community by making sure it stays open for current & future children.

The closure of Globe would be a devastating loss for our community.