Equipping kinders in Bentleigh for kids of all abilities

Kids from five kindergartens in the Bentleigh electorate will benefit from new equipment, toys, learning kits and more to ensure they get the most out of their early years education – regardless of ability.

Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos MP has today announced that Glen Eira Kindergarten Association (GEKA) has been granted $48,000 for more equipment and resources to assist kids with learning difficulties and special needs at Bentleigh (Higgins Road), Bentleigh East (East Boundary Road), Brady Road, Glover Street and McKinnon kinders.

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

In total, 219 kinders – from Mildura to Horsham, Shepparton and Gippsland – will share in more than $1.2 million worth of funding.

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

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 Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“It’s wonderful to know kinders in Bentleigh will be fully equipped with the resources and equipment needed to educate kids with learning difficulties and special needs.”

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