Three kindergartens receive over $14,000 in grants thanks to Napthine Government (12.09.2014)

Written on the 17 September 2014

Georgie Crozier, Member for Southern Metropolitan Region congratulates three kindergartens in the Oakleigh electorate who shared in over $14,000 of minor infrastructure and IT grants.

“This is great news for local families as their children will be able to directly benefit from these upgraded early years services,” Ms Crozier said.

Liberal candidate for Oakleigh, Theo Zographos said these grants will go towards improving infrastructure and much needed IT resources.

"I’m pleased the Napthine Government has provided IT grants for the electorate of Oakleigh.”

The grants are a result of the Napthine Government building a better Victoria by supporting 643 Victorian kindergartens and children’s centres to upgrade their facilities and IT systems through $2.9 million in grants across the State.

  • Emmanuel Anglican Kindergarten, Oakleigh will use the infrastructure grant to enclose an outdoor area to form a multi-purpose room and the IT grant to upgrade their equipment
  • Monash Community Family Co-operative, Notting Hill will use the IT grant to buy an additional laptop
  • Murrumbeena Kindergarten will use their IT grant to purchase 2 iPads

The Minor grants worth up to $10,000 each will enhance kindergarten programs by improving disability access, building better playgrounds, installing sensory gardens, building bigger playrooms and maximising storage space for centres.

The Information Technology grants worth up to $1500 each, will supply kindergartens across Victoria with around 200 desktop computers, 150 tablets, 80 laptops, 25 printers and 20 touch tables to better support early years teachers and staff. 

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the grants were crucial to ensuring Victorian early years services can continue to deliver the world class learning programs for Victorian families.

“Victoria already leads the nation in early childhood education and care, and by improving early years facilities and infrastructure, we are making Victoria an even better place for families to raise their children,” Ms Lovell said.

Since December 2010, a record $120 million has been invested in building and upgrading facilities across the state, generating hundreds of jobs in building, construction and related industries.

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