The Andrews Labor Government is helping ensure Colac children of all abilities can get the most out of their time at kindergarten, thanks to a new upgrade.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today visited the Wydinia Kindergarten in Colac to open a new upgrade, which includes a sand pit, veggie and herb garden, tunnel, balance beam and water hand pump.
The Labor Government provided Wydinia Kindergarten with more than $160,000 towards the project, which aims to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities or additional needs.
Ms Tierney congratulated the dedicated parent’s committee and the team at Wydinia for their support for this vital project.
The project is part of the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities program, which provides funding to upgrade buildings and playgrounds or buy equipment to provide more accessible and inclusive environments.
The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to come.
The Labor Government will invest more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to build approximately 785 new kinders and expand 170 existing services.
This is part of the Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver 15 hours of subsidised kindergarten programs for all three-year-old children in Victoria over the next decade, with the roll-out beginning in 2020.
This is about ensuring Colac families have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“This upgrade is a great outcome for the children and families of Colac.”
“I’m delighted we’re helping kindergartens such as Wydinia Kindergarten upgrade their infrastructure to create more inclusive and accessible environments.”
“It’s really fantastic to see children at Wydinia Kindergarten enjoying their new inclusive playground.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“All children should get the most out of their time at kindergarten, which is why we’re making kinder buildings and playgrounds more accessible for children of all abilities.”