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Victoria Minister for Education James Merlino

Helping Mildura Kids Get The Most Out Of Kindergarten

Victor P Taffa

Andrews Government is ensuring Mildura children can attend a first-rate kindergarten, with high-quality facilities and better learning support.

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited De Garis Kindergarten in Mildura, which has received $230,000 in school readiness funding and where construction of a new $189,400 inclusive playground is underway.

“We know that quality early childhood services give children a better start in life and that’s why we’re making unprecedented investments in the early years.” Minister for Education James Merlino said.

Kindergarten’s existing playground is being upgraded to be more engaging, interactive and meet the needs of all the children at the centre.

Sensory garden will include:

  • Landscaping and new ramps and paths,
  • Mud kitchen,
  • Play equipment,
  • Water play features,
  • Yarning circle.

“This school readiness funding will provide extra support for local families and their kids at a crucial time in their lives.” Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.

Service will use its school readiness funding to hire additional teaching staff, enrich children’s language development and social and emotional wellbeing and run a breakfast club to provide free and healthy meals to children.

It will also help families by setting up a book lending library and provide training for staff to better support children who have experienced trauma.

Children at De Garis Kindergarten are among 20,000 attending kindergarten this year to benefit from the State Government’s $58.1 Million school readiness funding initiative.

Funding has been provided this year to approximately 580 services in 25 local government areas and those run by Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

In an Australian-first, the State Government is investing almost $5 Billion over the next decade to ensure every Victorian 3-year-old has access to a full 15 hours of kinder by 2022.


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