October 13, 2015

KINDERGARTEN UPGRADES TO BENEFIT BALLARAT FAMILIES

Local kindergartens across Ballarat are set to benefit from grants as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to deliver new kindergarten infrastructure improvements.

9 kindergartens will share in almost $75,000 worth of grants to improve services for children and families across the region.

Grants of up to $10,000 will allow kindergartens to upgrade playground or undertake refurbishments.

IT grants of up to $1,500 will support the purchasing of new laptop, tablet or other digital hardware to boost digital learning programs and support administrative functions.

These grants form part of the Labor Government’s $50 million investment in the early childhood sector through the building and upgrading of kindergartens and children’s centres across Victoria.

The Labor Government is also providing up to $83.7 million over four years in additional funding to support kindergartens to transition to new staff qualification and ratio requirements.

Better ratios will mean more one-on-one time for every child and boost the value Victorian families receive from the time their children spend at kindergarten, in preparation for school.

Quotes attributable to Sharon Knight MP, Member for Wendouree

“Through these investments, the Andrews Labor Government is helping prepare children for the transition from kindergarten to school and boosting the value of early years learning for Ballarat families.”

“Our kinders need to be up to speed with the latest technology so our kids have opportunities to try different ways of learning.”

Quotes attributable to Geoff Howard MP, Member for Buninyong

“This investment will enable our local kinders to offer more individual care and attention to children in the year before they commence school.”

“The Andrews Government recognises the importance of providing our kids with a first class education in the early years and beyond.”