Kinders across Victoria have been successful in securing grants for new equipment, such as wheelchair ramps, moveable change tables, sensory playkits, adjustable chairs and Braille books.
Mildura kindergartens are amongst the 219 Victorian kindergartens who have been successful in securing grants for new equipment. Kinders will benefit from new equipment, toys, learning kits and more to ensure they get the most of their early years’ education – regardless of ability.
The Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos announced $35,370 for Mildura Kindergartens, including:
- $7,890 to assist Merbein Preschool and Kindergarten to purchase specialised equipment for Children with disabilities and additional needs to utilise within the Kinder curriculum.
- $10,000 has been approved for Kathleen Kelly Kindergarten to replace existing tables with wheelchair-friendly tables and purchase equipment that supports the children's gross motor strength and ability, balance and coordination.
- $9,462 has been approved for Mildura South Kindergarten to purchase mobile inclusive equipment to allow educators to create a more diverse and varied arrangement of play spaces and activities that will be more interactive and accessible by all children.
- A further $8,017 has been approved for Mildura West Kindergarten to provide sufficient nappy change facilities that respect the dignity, privacy and rights of all children.
The Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program provides up to $10,000 per kinder for one or more items that promote inclusiveness and diversity.
The Mildura funding is part of the $1.2 million worth of funding distributed under the grant program so far.
The grants are the first to be provided through the new $6.4 million Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program.