Kindergartens in Ararat receive funding for new equipment

Ace, Delinda and Izzy with Liberal Candidate for Ripon Louise Staley, St Andrews Kinder director Melissa Cox and Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell. Picture: PETER PICKERING

Ace, Delinda and Izzy with Liberal Candidate for Ripon Louise Staley, St Andrews Kinder director Melissa Cox and Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell. Picture: PETER PICKERING

TWO kindergartens in Ararat will benefit from State Government Funding announced on Friday.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell and Liberal candidate for Ripon Louise Staley joined families in Ararat to announce more than $20,000 in grants for Jack and Jill Kindergarten and St Andrews Kindergarten.

"These upgrades are crucial to ensuring kindergartens in Ararat can deliver the world class learning programs our children deserve," Ms Lovell said.

Ms Lovell congratulated Jack and Jill Kindergarten on its grant of $9,400 to install an awning on an outdoor play space and $1,460 for a new desktop computer and St Andrews Kindergarten for its $10,000 grant to redevelop the outdoor play space and new fencing.

"This is great news for Ararat families, as their local kindergarten is among 643 Victorian preschools and children's centres able to upgrade their facilities and IT systems through the Napthine Government's latest $2.9 million funding round," Ms Lovell said.

Ms Staley said these two minor upgrades and an IT grant means these local Ararat kindergartens can deliver the world class learning programs local children deserve.

"Victoria already leads the nation in early childhood education and care, and by improving early years' facilities and infrastructure, we are making Ararat and regional Victoria an even better place for families to raise their children," Ms Staley said.

Much of this investment will flow directly to families in rural and regional Victoria, enabling them to give their children the very best start in life.

Ms Lovell said the $2.9 million in grants were delivered as part of the Victorian Coalition Government's record investment in early years infrastructure.

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