The Andrews Labor Government is helping more kindergartens in regional Victoria upgrade their playgrounds and buildings and buy new equipment to support children with additional needs.
Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria today welcomed the launch of the 2019 round of the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program and urged any regional Kinders to apply.
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included $6 million for the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program to help kindergartens across the state provide safe and inclusive environments for children with additional needs.
Applications are open for kindergartens to apply for up to $200,000 to upgrade their buildings or playgrounds to become more inclusive for children of all abilities. Grants of up to $10,000 are also available to buy equipment such as adjustable desks and chairs, moveable wheelchair ramps and soft padding for outdoor areas.
The Labor Government has already helped more than 260 kindergarten services upgrade their buildings and playgrounds or provided inclusive equipment through the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program.
Some of the Kinders that have already received funding under this program include:
- Tatura Children’s Centre
- Hopetoun Preschool
- Birchip Kindergarten
- Kathleen Kelly Kindergarten
- Robinvale Preschool Centre
- Merbein Preschool Kindergarten
The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included a record $473.2 million investment in early childhood infrastructure over five years, which will support the sector to invest in new and expanded facilities.
Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an-Australian first, the Victorian Government will be rolling out subsidised kindergarten programs for all three-year-old children.
The roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten will start next year in six regional local government areas and will continue to rollout across the state progressively. From 2022, all Victorian three-year-olds will have access to five hours of kindergarten. This will be scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“We want our littlest Victorians to get the support they need and enjoy world-class and welcoming environments, no matter where they go to kinder.”
“I would encourage any Kinder looking to improve their facilities and accessibility to apply for these grants, to ensure all Victorian kids can make the most of their early years.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We’re helping kinders to upgrade their buildings and playgrounds. Not only so they are more accessible, but also so their grounds encourage learning, curiosity and imagination.”
“Every child deserves a great kinder in their local community. That’s why we are working with the sector and making significant investments, so kinders meet the needs of all children.”