More young children in Greater Shepparton will have access to better kinder facilities, with the Victorian Government supporting more projects to upgrade and improve learning environments while supporting local jobs.
Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes announced Dolena Young Kindergarten in Shepparton is one of 32 projects across Victoria that will share in over $2.71 million funding as part of the second round of grants from the Andrews Labor Government’s $30 million Building Blocks – Refurbishment and Minor Works program.
Dolena Young Kindergarten will receive $44,182 to refurbish the kitchen, and indoor/outdoor Veranda and garden area. The funding will deliver the redevelopment of the kitchen and adjoining outdoor space and vegetable patch – ensuring educators, children and families have a spacious, practical and accessible space to move from kitchen, garden and dinner table, promoting healthy eating and cooking.
The project will include the installation of kitchen cabinetry and a bifold door to allow outdoor access to current unused side yard.
This funding is in addition to the record $12 million already provided for 105 projects earlier this year.
Building Blocks is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services.
For more information about Building Blocks Grants, visit: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks.
In an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs.
From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029.
As part of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has invested $1.68 billion to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state over this decade.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt
“Building the Education State starts with the early years ─ we are improving the learning environments in Victoria’s fantastic kindergartens to make sure they are modern, safe and fit-for-purpose to give our children the best start.”
“This funding not only improves the condition of early childhood buildings ─ it also supports jobs and local communities across the state.”
Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes
“These grants will help Dolena Young Kindergarten improve their learning environments so that our children and parents can be confident that they are getting the best start to their early years education.”