LEETON Preschool is attempting to avert a numbers crisis of sorts after receiving a huge influx of potential enrolments for next year.
The preschool is already at capacity for 2019, with enrolment priority being given to children who will be four on or before July 31 and will be starting school the following year.
Every child in this bracket has been given a place for next year, but this does mean those who are younger could possibly miss out on a place due to space and funding requirements.
However, the preschool is working on a temporary solution to try and resolve the issue.
Leeton Preschool director Laura Lashbrook said 150 children had already been given a place, but 56 remained on the waiting list for 2019.
“When the enrolments started coming in for next year we knew there was going to be a bit of a problem,” Mrs Lashbrook said.
“So, we tried to get on the front foot a little bit.
“What we thought we could do is add another classroom.
“We’ve done community surveys and we’ve been working with Leeton Shire Council.
“Everyone has 100 per cent supported the idea of a new classroom. We’ve effectively been working on this since July when it first really came to our attention.”
The classroom would likely be in a demountable form with the preschool currently going through the quoting process.
Mrs Lashbrook couldn’t put a timeframe on when the new classroom would come to fruition, but was optimistic.
“We’re definitely hoping for sometime next year,” she said.
“We certainly wanted to be on the front foot. The priority spots had to be given to those four-year-olds before they go to school, but hopefully this will help our situation.
“Early education is really important.” Parents who have any questions or concerns should contact the preschool.
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