Hundreds of kinders will be getting new and improved outdoor play spaces, plus televisions, laptops and tablets as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s latest kindergarten grants round.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos and Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten in Gisborne – one of 451 kinders that will share in $1.64 million through this year’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program minor grants round.
In total, more than 500 applications were granted for kinders right across the state, from Horsham in western Victoria to Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland, as well as across metropolitan Melbourne.
Recipients include the Gisborne kindergarten, which will get $5,700 to create a sensory garden and play area, and to upgrade computers and technology.
The minor grants program provides infrastructure expansion grants of up to $25,000, to increase the space and capacity of kinders.
It also delivers minor infrastructure refurbishment grants of up to $10,000 to improve the amenity of any indoor or outdoor spaces used by children.
Information technology grants of up to $1,500 are available to purchase desktops, laptops, tablets and televisions used for either learning programs or administration use.
The Labor Government is investing a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens, including $10 million targeting growth areas.
Families are set to benefit from the Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which provides strong support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos
“We’re giving our littlest Victorians the best start to life by improving their kinders and their services.”
“We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services across the state so our children can get the most out of their kinder years.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
“These exciting upgrades will give our little residents in the Macedon Ranges an even better kindergarten experience.”
“This funding will provide a great new learning and play space for the children at Swinburne Avenue Kinder.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020