Inclusive kinder funding


Kindergartens across the Macedon Ranges will now be better suited to accommodate all children, following a funding announcement for early education centres earlier this month.

The inclusive equipment and infrastructure funding comes via the state government Building Blocks grants program, with $12,894 for early learning centres across the Macedon electorate.

At Lancefield Kindergarten, the funding will provide young learners with mobility stools and sensory equipment that can be tailored to the child’s individual needs.

Manna Gum Family and Learning Children’s Centre in Gisborne will be funded to purchase further padding poles across their site, to provide further support for children with additional needs.

The Building Blocks Grant program is intended to complement the roll-out of five hours of funded three-year-old kindergarten, which will come into effect next year across the state – including Hume and Macedon Ranges councils.

“We want to ensure that all children can participate fully at kindergarten so it is crucial that we

upgrade facilities and buy the specialist equipment needed to create safe and inclusive learning

Environments,” Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Scott said.