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Hundreds of kinders are set to benefit from new and improved outdoor play spaces, plus televisions, laptops and tablets as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s latest kindergarten grants round.

It includes Alfred Road Kindergarten and the Craig Family Centre – which are just two of 451 Victorian kinders to share in $1.64 million through this year’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program minor grants round.

“We’re giving our littlest Victorians the best start to life by improving their kinders and their services. We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services across the state so our children can get the most out of their kinder years.”

Minister for Early Childhood Education, Jenny Mikakos MP

Alfred Road Kindergarten will receive funding for their sandpit refurbishment project. The Alfred Road Kindergarten’s philosophy is ‘to provide a garden for children to learn through play’, which is why outdoor space is an integral part of both their program, and their children’s kindergarten experience.

Also in the Burwood electorate, the Craig Family Centre will receive funding for a new electronic sign for parents and carers. The Craig Family Centre wish to expand their electronic system to include the Kindergarten room and reception area.

“These exciting upgrades will give our little residents in the Southern Metropolitan Region an even better kindergarten experience.”

Member for the Southern Metropolitan Region, Philip Dalidakis MP

In total, there were more than 500 successful applications granted for kinders right across the state, from Horsham in western Victoria to Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland, as well as across metropolitan Melbourne.

The minor grants program provides infrastructure expansion grants of up to $25,000, to increase the space and capacity of kinders.

It also delivers minor infrastructure refurbishment grants of up to $10,000 to improve the amenity of indoor or outdoor spaces used by children.

Information technology grants of up to $1,500 are available to purchase desktops, laptops, tablets and televisions used for either learning programs or administration use.

The Labor Government is investing a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens, including $10 million targeting growth areas.

Families are set to benefit from the Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which provides strong support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school.

For more information on recipients and the program, go to schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au