Posted on 02. Nov, 2010 in News

The Brumby Labor Government will provide $6.4 million over two years in grants to local communities to ensure a smooth transition to the new expanded kindergarten program in 2013.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Maxine Morand today announced local councils and kindergarten cluster managers would benefit from $6.4 million in grants over the next two years.

“Through this funding we will be providing planning grants to every local council to support work in kinders to plan for implementation 15 hours,” she said.

“We recognise that the move to 15 hours is a significant change and we want to make sure that kinders are supported to properly plan for this change.”

“The Brumby Labor Government is taking the necessary steps to ensure that local councils and children’s service providers are ready to meet the new expanded program by 2013.”

The grants are part of the $210 million Victoria received from the Federal Government as part of the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care, to provide 15 hours a week of kindergarten to all four-year-old children by 2013.

The National Partnership Agreement means every child will gain access to 15 hours of kindergarten a week delivered by a qualified early childhood teacher in the year before primary school.

Ms Morand said at the request of Brumby Labor Government the Commonwealth was reviewing the roll-out of 15 hours and the adequacy of Federal Government funding.

“We want to make sure kinders are properly resourced for this roll-out and we are currently in discussions with the Federal Government regarding funding for the roll-out,” she said.

Ms Morand said the $6.4 million investment follows the introduction of a pilot program earlier this year in 20 kindergarten locations that will identify strategies to help reduce barriers in delivering the new expanded program.

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