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Local kindergarten shares in more than $40 million in capital grants

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May 31, 2012

Member for Sandringham, Murray Thompson, together with Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Wendy Lovell, today announced a local kindergarten will receive funding in the announcement of the Victorian Coalition Government’s record investment in early childhood infrastructure.

The funding, which can be used to upgrade facilities or develop integrated children’s services hubs, is a combination of state and National Partnership funding, incorporating the 2011-12 $26 million grants round, money brought forward from the recently announced $50 million grants round and $4.4 million in internal departmental funds.

Mr Thompson congratulated Livingston Kindergarten at Highett on its $230,600 grant which will fully fund its project.

The project will convert the existing office space and remove walls of the existing community room to make one large, multi purpose space. There will be two kitchenettes, an extension of the existing children’s bathroom and the relocation of storage space. An extension to the kindergarten outdoor space will provide a more natural, environmentally friendly space for children.

“This is great news for local children, not just now, but well into the future,” Mr Thompson said.

“These grants show just how committed the Victorian Coalition Government is to educating our youngest children and setting them up for a life of learning.

“I’m especially proud that a local kindergarten has received much needed funding to help increase its capacity and prepare for 15 hours in the year before school as part of the Universal Access agreement,” Mr Thompson said.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell said the Victorian Coalition Government was committed to recognising early childhood as an important tier of education.

“The early childhood years are vital,” Ms Lovell said.