The Labor Party has announced a Kindergarten Plus policy that includes $20 million worth of initiatives to improve and increase the accessibility of kindergartens.
These initiatives include:
- $10 million in Renovation and Refurbishment Grants for eligible kindergartens to undertake infrastructure upgrades (such as painting, new bathrooms or kitchens, restumping or a new roof)
- $4.3 million in Enhancement Grants to provide $10,000 per kindy room to eligible kindergartens for the purchase of office equipment or resources such as toys and books, minor repairs or community profiling to increase enrolments
- $5 million in Start Up Grants to assist not-for-profit early childhood education and care services in disadvantaged communities or regional areas to facilitate the provision of a kindergarten program – the grants may be used by a community long day care service to establish a kind room or by a limited hours care service to extend their playground or effect other renovations necessary to be accredited under the National Quality Framework, and
- $700,000 to support the purchase or lease of a bus or similar vehicle for kindergartens located in disadvantaged or regional areas to increase kindergarten participation.
Peakcare congratulates the Labor Party on the progress that would be achieved from these initiatives in making kindergartens universally accessible to all Queensland children.
Peakcare now looks forward to further discussion and planning about ways in which:
- kindergarten services can be well integrated and coordinated with other universally available services and early intervention and family support programs
- kindergarten services can be delivered in a manner that best meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and families who have culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (Refer to PeakCare’s Position Papers, Meeting the Needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children, Young People and Families and Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Children, Young People and Families, and
- these initiatives can assist in addressing other matters raised within PeakCare’s Position Paper, Prevention, Early Intervention Services and Intensive Family Support Services.
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Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland