The Victorian Government is helping ensure Newport children of all abilities can get the most out of their time at kindergarten, thanks to a new upgrade.
Melissa Horne MP today visited Home Road Kindergarten in Newport to open a new upgrade, which includes the replacement of existing playground equipment along with a new mud kitchen, dirt digging path, vertical planters and musical panels.
The Victorian Government provided Home Road Kinder $123,192 towards the project, which aims to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities or additional needs.
This project is part of the Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program, which provides funding to upgrade buildings and playgrounds or buy equipment to provide more accessible and inclusive environments.
Up to $200,000 is provided to kindergarten services to undertake buildings and playgrounds upgrades.
The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with the Government to invest more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to support the construction or expansion of almost 1,000 kindergartens across the state.
This is part of the Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver 15 hours of funded 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 Newport 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 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.”
Quotes attributable to Melissa Horne MP
“I’m delighted we’re helping kindergartens such as Home Road Kindergarten upgrade their infrastructure to create more inclusive and accessible environments.”
“It’s really fantastic to see children at Home Road enjoying their new inclusive play ground.”