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Goodstart centres in Victoria receive boost from state government funding

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Posted by Goodstart
28 September 2016


Kindergarten children are the ultimate winners in the latest grants awarded to Goodstart through the Victorian 2016-17 Children’s Facilities Capital Program – they will be able to play and explore in exciting new outdoor play environments to be installed in their kinder yards.
 
In total, six Goodstart centres have been successful in applying for minor capital grants with a total value of nearly $60,000 which will transform outdoor play areas through either refurbishments to sandpits, installation of a dry creek bed, a new open cubby house, as well as improvements to natural garden surrounds with native plants and grasses.
 
An additional 8 centres have received IT grants valued at nearly $1,000 each to go towards purchasing iPads.
 
“Goodstart’s 14 centres are thrilled to benefit from this funding enabling us to improve our outdoor learning environments, and provide increased technology resources and capabilities to the benefit of all children attending our centres,” said Sharon Whiteman, Goodstart State Manager for Victoria.
 
“These benefits will have a long-lasting positive effect to a child’s development as well as their day-to-day enjoyment,” she said.
 
Goodstart Early Learning centres who have been successful in receiving a minor capital grant are:
 
Goodstart Dennington
Grant amount: $10,000
How the funding will be used: Installation of a dry creek bed with cast iron hand pump and plumbing to provide children with an extended permanent play space that offers varied levels of gross motor skill engagement and water play.
 
Goodstart Horsham
Grant amount: $9,200
How the funding will be used: Refurbishment of existing sandpit including alteration to shape, addition of natural border as well as natural garden surrounds, planted with native grasses and storage, providing a wonderful sensory and inclusive learning experience for all children.
 
Goodstart Kealba
Grant amount: $10,000
How the funding will be used: Refurbishment of existing sandpit including alteration to shape, addition of natural border as well as natural garden surrounds, planted with native grasses and storage, providing a wonderful sensory and inclusive learning experience for all children.
 
Goodstart Morwell
Grant amount: $10,000
How the funding will be used: Refurbishment of existing sandpit including alteration to shape, addition of natural border as well as natural garden surrounds, planted with native grasses and storage, providing a wonderful sensory and inclusive learning experience for all children.
 
Goodstart Springvale
Grant amount: $10,000
How the funding will be used: Refurbishment of existing sandpit including alteration to shape, addition of natural border as well as natural garden surrounds, planted with native grasses and storage, providing a wonderful sensory and inclusive learning experience for all children.
 
Goodstart Warrnambool
Grant amount: $10,000
Installation of an open cubby house with appropriate soft fall mulch around the area also red gum sleeper edging and planter boxes with plants. Open cubby houses provide a flexible space for children to explore and develop particularly in their imaginative play processes.
 
Goodstart centres to receive the IT grants are: Goodstart Drysdale, Goodstart Kyneton, Goodstart Langwarrin, Goodstart Melton – Centenary Avenue, Goodstart Melton – High Street, Goodstart Mill Park – Centenary Drive, Goodstart Roxburgh Park – David Munroe Drive, and Goodstart Roxburgh Park – Sommeville Drive.
 

Goodstart centres in Victoria receive boost from state government funding


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