I don't think in NSW that we get more funding based on kindergarten enrolments, and what a teacher is paid does not come out of the school budget, only casual/relief teachers are part of our budget.
Here is some info on funding for low socio-economic schools in NSW:
Anyway, at my school, we don't even ask for voluntary fees, so we are already disadvantaged in that regard. Money is raised through p&c, but it's minimal and we do get funding through psp, national partnerships and others. We are the beneficiary of the local IGA as well.
Our entire school was refurbished through the BER and my principal was smart enough to negotiate to have 17 iwb. We have a computer lab with about 18 computers and a connected classroom. Our library is brand new (also through BER) and it has an iwb and laptops for the students. Now this might all sound great (and it is) but our buildings are old (apart from the library) and require a lot of maintenance. We had to spend a lot to upgrade our electrical capacity and get a new server. Also, in the western suburbs of Sydney, it's boiling in summer and freezing in winter so air-cons have been fitted, although not every classroom has one.
We spend funding on a non-teaching deputy (I don't really agree with this and I think funding could be better spent elsewhere) but hey, I don't run the school.
We have a basketball court, cricket nets, 4 volleyball courts and 3 massive playgrounds.
In my year 3 class, there are 24 students and I have an aide that is shared between my stage.
I don't know about other schools, but we supply everything for our students, apart from uniforms and food, although we do have a breakfast club, apples and sandwiches for children who don't bring any food to school. So having to supply stationery is a big chunk of the budget.
This all sounds very appealing! So what's the problem? Our students start school way behind others from other areas. Children come to our school without ever seeing a book, not able to recognise letters or sounds, or even know how to say the alphabet. No number recognition at all, nor being able to count objects. Now, my daughter is 3, and I don't formally teach her anything, but she knows some numbers, can count beyond ten, count up to 5 objects, she imitates reading books that I've read her. Now this might be normal for us, but at my school, children are so far behind that we have to do do much to close the gap, and it's very difficult.
To help these kids, we need to give them the opportunity for pre-school or more support teachers to help them.