Helping kinders build for the future

Member for Bellarine Alison Marchant visited Clifton Springs’ Beacon Point Preschool. (supplied)

Preschools across the Bellarine Peninsula have benefitted from the state government’s $28 million Building Blocks grants to upgrade facilities and purchase equipment.

Member for Bellarine Alison Marchant visited Clifton Springs’ Beacon Point Preschool, which was successful in its application for $1788 to enable the purchase of two iPads and a five-port USB charging station.

Grants will be given to 123 kindergartens across Victoria including:

Bop Bop Karrong Barwon Heads, Clifton Springs Preschool, Drysdale Preschool, Allanvale Preschool, Leopold Kindergarten, Leopold Child and Family Centre, Woodlands Kindergarten, Ocean Grove Preschool, Boorai Centre Ocean Grove and Portarlington Preschool, which were all successful in receiving funding to buy iPads.

Goodstart Early Learning Drysdale will receive $1789 to enable the purchase of a projector, portable projector screen and two Kodak Waterproof Digital Cameras for use by educators, teachers and children in the three-year-old and four-year-old kindergarten programs.

Bella Wiyn Biralee Family Centre received $1449 to purchase listening posts.

Queenscliff Kindergarten receives $1708 to enable the purchase of IT equipment.

“Every child deserves a safe and inviting learning environment, that’s why the government continues to invest in local kindergartens,” Ms Marchant said.

The Building Blocks Program offers grants to contribute to kindergarten infrastructure and is critical to ensure the success of the roll-out of the Best Start, Best Life reforms across Victoria.

Since its launch in 2020, Building Blocks has invested more than $200 million to plan and build new and improved early childhood services across the state.