Making Kinders More Inclusive For Victorian Children

By Dustin Halse

16 September 2021

The Victorian Government is making sure kindergartens across the state are inclusive for children of all abilities by upgrading early childhood education centres and buying specialist equipment to help support learning outcomes.

 

Dustin Halse today announced $8,969 of Building Blocks Inclusion Grants for 2 kindergartens in Ringwood to buy specialist equipment.

 

The latest round of Building Blocks Inclusion Grants is worth almost $2.4 million ─ supporting 242 kindergartens upgrade their facilities or purchase equipment to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for children of all needs and abilities.

 

Upgrades include infrastructure in playgrounds to make kinder activities more accessible as well as moveable inclusive education equipment like mobility stools and sensory equipment to support learning programs.

 

Building Blocks Grants is a streamlined overarching funding scheme that supports early childhood providers with new and existing infrastructure and facilities for eligible three and four-year-old kindergarten services.

 

To find out more about Building Blocks Inclusion Grants and to apply for the next round, visit
schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Building-Blocks.

 

In an Australian-first, the Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs.

 

From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029.

 

As part of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has invested $1.68 billion to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state over this decade.

 

Quote attributable to Dustin Halse

“We are excited to improve kindergarten infrastructure in Ringwood and make sure they are inclusive for all children ─ this will also be critical to ensuring the success of the state-wide roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten next year.”

 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt

“We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children right across the state can get the most out of their great local kindergartens ─ giving them the best start to life.”

“We want to ensure that all children can participate fully at kindergarten so it is crucial that we upgrade facilities and buy the specialist equipment needed to create safe and inclusive learning environments.”