Michael O’Brien MP, Member for Malvern today congratulated two kindergartens in Malvern who shared in $21,436.80 worth of minor infrastructure and IT grants.
“This is great news for local Malvern families as their children will be able to directly benefit from these upgraded early years services,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The early childhood years are extremely vital. I am delighted the Napthine Coalition Government has been able to secure funding to provide children with the opportunity to learn and develop new skills in high quality early years services”
The grants are a result of the Napthine Coalition Government building a better Victoria by supporting 643 Victorian kindergartens and children’s centres to upgrade their facilities and IT systems through $2.9 million in grants.
The two grants are:
· St John’s Anglican Kindergarten - $10,000 Minor Grant for refurbishments such as a new deck, sandpit and landscaping to provide an outdoor learning area for children’s activities; and
· Sunnyside Kindergarten - $1,436.80 IT Grant for two new laptops for administration and a $10,000 Minor Grant to contribute towards an $80,000 playground rebuild following major building works.
The Minor grants worth up to $10,000 each will 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.