Five local kindergartens to receive $41,704 in grants

Member for Box Hill Robert Clark today congratulated five local kindergartens who will share in $41,704 worth of infrastructure and IT grants made by the Napthine Coalition Government.

Parkside Preschool in Box Hill North will receive a $10,000 minor infrastructure grant and a $1500 IT grant. The funds will be used to create a sensory garden and to purchase a laptop and iPad.

Katrina Preschool in Blackburn North and Box Hill North Primary Kindergarten will each receive $10,000 in minor infrastructure grants, which will allow for works including storage reorganisation and the building of a new shed, and making an area used for physical development of children

St Augustine’s Anglican Kindergarten in Mont Albert North will receive a $7000 minor infrastructure grant for an outdoor learning area project upgrade and the Canterbury & District Preschool in Surrey Hills will receive $3204 for an outdoor seating and children’s area and a laptop.

“This is great news for the five kindergartens and the communities they serve,” Mr Clark said.

“The grants of more than $41,000 for these early years services will benefit children and families for many years to come.

“The grants are part of the Napthine Government support for 643 Victorian kindergartens and children’s centres across Victoria to upgrade their facilities and IT systems through $2.9 million in grants.”

The grants for minor infrastructure, worth up to $10,000 each, are designed to enhance kindergarten programs by improving disability access, building better playgrounds, installing sensory gardens, building bigger playrooms and maximising storage space for centres.

The Information Technology grants, worth up to $1500 each, will supply kindergartens across Victoria with around 200 desktop computers, 150 tablets, 80 laptops, 25 printers and 20 touch tables to better support early years teachers and staff. 

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the grants were crucial to ensuring Victorian early years services can continue to deliver the world class learning programs for Victorian families.

“Victoria already leads the nation in early childhood education and care, and by improving early years facilities and infrastructure, we are making Victoria an even better place for families to raise their children,” Ms Lovell said.

Since December 2010, a record $120 million has been invested in building and upgrading facilities across the state, generating hundreds of jobs in building, construction and related industries.