Making Victorian Kinders More Inclusive

The Andrews Labor Government is helping kindergartens upgrade their buildings and playgrounds, and buy equipment to provide a more inclusive environment for children with disabilities and additional needs.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today announced $6.4 million for the new Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program to improve classrooms and playgrounds.

Local governments, not-for-profit service providers and schools are encouraged to apply for infrastructure upgrades – including playgrounds – of up to $200,000 or for grants up to $10,000 to buy inclusive education equipment, such as moveable wheelchair-access ramps or adjustable tables and chairs.

The funding is part of a $19 million suite of initiatives to make early childhood services more inclusive for children with disabilities and additional needs.

The Labor Government is delivering a record $76.4 million to build, expand and improve kinders across Victoria – to ensure local families continue to have access to first rate local facilities.

Families will also benefit from the Victorian Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget.

The plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

Applications for the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program can be made online at schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos

“No child should be left behind – we’re making kinders and playgrounds more accessible for kids of all abilities.”

 “We’re helping kindergartens upgrade their infrastructure and equipment to create welcoming environments for Victorian children.”