Thousands of little Victorians – including here in the Werribee electorate will benefit from new equipment, toys, learning kits and more to ensure they get the most of their early years’ education – regardless of ability.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos has announced 219 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.

It includes Woodville Park Kindergarten in Hoppers Crossing that has been granted $2,249.20 for 15 padded verandah covers

The Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program provides up to $10,000 per kinder for one or more items that promote inclusiveness and diversity.

These grants are the first to be provided through the new $6.4 million Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program – a Victorian-first initiative.

The program will also provide kinders with up to $200,000 to upgrade buildings and playgrounds to make them more inclusive through the buildings and playgrounds stream.

The Labor Government has invested 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.

It builds on the Labor Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of giving families support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos

“Building the Education State begins with the early years – and all kids deserve the very best start to their education, regardless of their ability.”

“These grants are about ensuring our littlest Victorians get the support they need to thrive.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“It’s wonderful to know kids at Woodville Park Kindergarten will benefit from even more inclusive, welcoming environments when at kinder.”

“Whether it’s wheelchair access ramps or safer outdoor spaces – we’re helping delivering world-class and welcoming environments for all Victorian children.”