SUPPORTING THE KINDERGARTEN BUILDING BOOM IN TARNEIT

The Andrews Government is helping build and expand kindergarten facilities in Tarneit as it gets on with rolling out Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.

Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today welcomed the announcement from the Andrews Government of the new Building Blocks grants program, which will streamline all pre-exisiting kindergarten grants into one process with applications for funding now open for local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering kindergarten facilities. The program will allocate $156.6 million over five years made available in the 2019-20 Budget as the first instalment of funding for Three-Year-Old Kinder.

Building Blocks, which will replace previous grants streams, will include significant increases to the maximum state funding contributions for projects and offer new delivery options such as purpose-built modular kinder facilities.

Funding applications are now open under the Building Blocks capacity stream for projects that create additional kindergarten places for three and four-year-olds.

Councils and non-profit organisations can apply for up to $1.5 million for a New Early Learning Facility, up to $600,000 for an upgrade or expansion, up to $1.5 million for a modular kindergarten facility, or up to $2 million for a new Integrated Children’s Centre.

The Andrews Government is also investing $4.4 million to provide all local councils with grants, of up to $90,000, to support their long-term planning of early childhood infrastructure as Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is rolled out.

This is part of the Andrews Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver two years of funded kinder for all Victorian children – in an Australian-first. The reform has started in six regional local government areas in 2020, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs – including East Gippsland – to benefit in 2021.

As part of this roll-out, the Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state.

Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly

 “Early education is a crucial stage in a child’s development. That’s why it’s important that we get on with delivering much needed funding to our kindergartens across Victoria, including in Tarneit.”

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