Thousands of families paying for childcare will receive $500 in fee relief under a NSW government push to boost pre-school education.
The Minns Labor government will hand down its first budget next week and it is expected to include a $100 million package for early learning.
Parents of three-year-olds in long daycare preschool programs will be eligible for $500 in fee relief each year, with $64 million allocated for the scheme over the next two years.
The families of up to 64,000 children are expected to benefit from the measure, which will not be means tested.
Education Minister Prue Car said evidence showed three- and four-year-olds benefited greatly from investment in pre-school education.
"It gets them ready for that crucial transition to kindergarten," she said.
The package will also include $20 million to expand access to early childhood education and care, extend hours and assist parents re-entering the workforce.
There will also be $20 million to support new not-for-profit services in regional and high-growth communities and $22 million over five years to recruit and retrain early childhood workers.
Funds for the changes will come from a $15 billion package set up by the former Coalition government to support a decade of spending on early childhood education and care services.
Premier Chris Minns said the decision not to means test the subsidy was primarily to get "greater female participation in the workforce".
While the $500 boost to household budgets was relatively small, Mr Minns said it could be the difference between a parent returning to work or not.
"I'm certainly not coming to you today to suggest that $500 will make a massive difference when there's a cost of living crisis in Australia - but everything helps," he said.
Opposition education spokeswoman Sarah Mitchell called on the government to be more up-front about how it planned to spend the $15 billion fund Labor backed before the election.
Ms Car said the funding would not be scrapped and further details about planned spending would be in next week's budget.
"I'm going to say it really clearly, we are not cutting the fund that we supported in opposition," she said.