State Member for Scoresby, Kim Wells announced today that Jells Park Preschool in Wheelers Hill would start the 2014 preschool year with a $5000 grant from the Victorian Coalition government, to help with the construction of a new all-weather play area for the pre-school students.
Kim Wells MP said the project will include an undercover area and decking where the children can play safely outside all year round and be sheltered from the weather.
Jells Park Preschool is among the 87 kindergartens across the state that will share the $700,000 in grants to improve play areas and facilities, under the Victorian Coalition Government’s minor capital grants scheme.
“These are valuable projects that enhance the way families and children use, enjoy and engage with their local early years services,” Mr Wells said.
Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the minor grants were announced as part the Coalition Government’s recently announced $20 million children’s capital grants program.
Further grants to be announced are:
• Integrated Children’s Centre Grants – worth up to $1.6 million to support the building of brand new centres offering kindergarten, day care, maternal and child health and early childhood intervention services all under the one roof.
• New Early Learning Facilities Grants – worth up to $650,000 to support communities to establish new early learning facilities to meet demand for kindergarten places.
• Early Learning Facility Upgrade Grants – worth up to $350,000 to support existing services to upgrade and extend their facilities to meet the demand of kindergarten places.
“This investment is a big boost for Victorian families, ensuring they have even greater access to high-quality early childhood education and care services,” Ms Lovell said.
“Importantly, the capital grants will deliver modern infrastructure to parts of the state where demand for early childhood education and care services is strongest.”
This $20 million program brings the Coalition Government’s investment in children’s capital projects to new record highs. Since December 2010, the Coalition Government has allocated $106 million of state and national partnership funding towards building and upgrading hundreds of services, including many in regional Victoria.
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