Member for Ivanhoe, Anthony Carbines has announced a $10,000 grant to Heidelberg Preschool in Orient Place.

The grant will enable paths in the outdoors play area to be resurfaced with springy, rubber surface material. As well as providing a more fall-friendly surface, the grant will help improve the amenity of the outdoor pathways for children and staff.

Heidelberg preschool has recently re-opened at Orient Place, following refurbishment and repairs after a fire in 2017.

Hundreds of other Victorian kinders are set to benefit from new and improved outdoor play spaces, plus televisions, laptops and tablets as part of the Andrews Government’s latest kindergarten grants round.

In total, there were more than 500 successful applications granted for kinders across the state, from Horsham in western Victoria to Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland, as well as across metropolitan Melbourne.

The Government is investing 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, including $10 million targeting growth areas.

Families are also set to benefit from the Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which provides strong support in early childhood so children are ready for kinder and ready for school.

Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“It is great to see Heidelberg Preschool back in Orient Place. This grant will help improve their outdoor space and provide an even better environment for the children.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos MP

“We’re giving our littlest Victorians the best start to life by improving their kinders and their services.”

“We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services across the state so our children can get the most out of their kinder years.”