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Kindergarten Plus

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:

If you have a view or opinion about Labor’s Kindergarten Plus policy or a related matter, please enter a comment below or email us at

Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Kerry Cutting #

    It is great to see the LNP taking such a positive first step but it is ardently hoped that they will also be shortly announcing further initiatives and decisons that will address many if not all of the core issues raised in the PeakCare Position Paper. Congratulations on this first step to give child protection the focus and sustainable support it needs to be effective in improving real outcomes for kids, young people and their families and carers your policies have to dig deeper into and practically address the core issues raised by PeakCare.

    February 29, 2012
  2. With around 40% of Qld children enrolled in kindergarten compared to around 95% in other large States, there is much work to be done to ensure that our children are school ready and are set up to achieve the best educational outcomes that they are capable of. Education is one of the key factors in overcoming poverty and leads to better life outcomes in employment positive relationships and health. As such I fully support the committment of this investment through Kindergarten Plus. Michael Tizard, State Manager Qld, The Benevolent Society

    March 1, 2012
  3. Along with the stats Michael provided, the Australian Early Development Index results for Queensland also indicate the high need for early childhood education options that are culturally appropriate and accessible for Queensland kids. We are lagging behind other states in many areas and the Labor Party’s kindergarten initiatives are a start in the right direction.

    March 1, 2012

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