Western Victorian kindergartens, child care centres, neighbourhood houses and schools will share in $10.7 million in Brumby Government grants to buy equipment, expand surfaces, renovate and improve general amenities.
The South Warrnambool Kindergarten Inc has received a grant as part of the Brumby Government’s boost to the state’s early childhood services.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said South Warrnambool Kindergarten Inc will receive $60,000 to extend their existing playroom/multipurpose room.
“The extension to the multipurpose room will give the South Warrnambool Kindergarten the ability to provide extra support programs and services such as extended hours of the Family Day Care Service,”
“This grant addresses the need for extra floor space at the Kinder to enable integration of additional supports and programs to enhance positive outcomes for all children,” Ms Tierney said.
Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Maxine Morand said 132 centres across the state will share $7.1 million in renovation and refurbishment grants, while another 812 will share a total of $3.6 million for minor grants.
“With Victoria experiencing a once-in-a-generation baby boom, the Brumby Government investment will support the provision of quality child care early childhood services and infrastructure,’’ Ms Morand said.
Renovation and refurbishment grants include adding or updating multi-purpose rooms, amenities and outdoor play areas and equipment, some as a result of drought conditions and upgrading and replacing items such as roofs, window frames and floor coverings.
Some centres will use their grants to provide facilities to incorporate Maternal and Child Health Centres and other children’s services. Others will be able to offer more places or extended childcare hours, reducing the pressure on fees and fundraising.
Minor upgrades include funding for shade structures, water tanks, air conditioning, fencing, playground equipment and educational resources.
The funding is part of the Brumby Government’s commitment to invest $38.56 million in early childhood capital services announced in December.
“Investing in early childhood services will have enormous benefits for children and their families,’’ Ms Tierney said.