$7 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES

$7 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN’S SERVICES

Posted on 29. Jul, 2010 in Victoria

Applications are now open for Victorian early years services offering a funded kindergarten program to apply to share in $7 million of Brumby Labor Government funding to expand and improve the quality of their facilities.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Maxine Morand said grants of up to $200,000 each were available to help kinders meet increasing demand for places.

“We know that high-quality kindergarten programs contribute significantly to a child’s social and educational development,” she said.

“Victoria is experiencing its biggest baby boom in 20 years and this extra funding will provide support for community based kindergartens to expand their programs.

“Our Government understands how important kinder is for families and that is why we have been providing significant new funding for services across the state in recent years to upgrade and expand services.

“Many services have been assessing their needs in light of increasing demand and also ahead of a new National requirement to increase kinder hours from 10 to 15 hours.

“In response, our Government is providing funding for kinder upgrades and expansions and I encourage kindergartens to apply.

“The provision of early childhood services is a successful partnership between local communities, local government and the State Government and these grants are a great example of that partnership in action.

“As part of the Brumby Labor Government’s investment in early years services, we have provided more than $134 million in infrastructure funding for services across the State since 1999.”

These grants are in addition to the 378 renovation and refurbishment grants already allocated since 2007 to kindergartens and child care centres across Victoria.

Applications for this funding round close on 9 September, 2010. For further information visit:

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/ecsmanagement/capitalprogram/default.htm

 

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