Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing announced yesterday afternoon that eighteen Gippsland kindergartens and childcares centres will receive minor infrastructure and IT grants.
Among the lucky winners were the Trafalgar Kindergarten ($1,500.00), Drouin Early Primary Learning Centre ($1,500.00) and Poowong Pre School UnitingCare Gippsland ($10,000.00).
The grants are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $60 million investment in the early childhood sector through the building and upgrading of kindergartens and children’s centres.
Member for Eastern Victoria, Harriet Shing, said the funding boost is proof that the Andrews Labor Government is committed to making Victoria the Education State.
“We’re making Victoria the Education State, and it begins with giving every child the best start in life. We want all Victorian kids to reap the rewards of a first-rate early years education.”
Ms Shing describes the education funding grants as a win for Gippsland families.
“These grants are a win for Gippsland families; kindergartens do a great job of preparing kids for school. We’re giving them the facilities and resources they need.”
Grants worth $25,000 will help kinders and childcare centres enlarge their classrooms help accommodate the improved educator-to-child ratios, introduced earlier this year.
Nine Gippsland kindergartens and childcare centres are receiving grants of up to $10,000, for playground upgrades and refurbishments. They can be used to improve access for children of all abilities.
Grants of up to $1,500 will help another nine local kindergartens to upgrade their IT, with new laptops, tablets and other digital hardware to support learning programs and administration.
Gippsland services will also receive $96,346 in funding as part of the 2016-17 Children’s Facilities Capital Program.
These grants mean Victoria’s early years teachers and educators are supported, and that more children have access to high-quality early learning services.