Children in Wyndham to benefit from School Readiness Funding program

by Freya Lucas

July 01, 2020

Kinder children in Wyndham Victoria will benefit from extra support for their learning and development, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Australian-first School Readiness Funding program.

 

All kindergarten services in Wyndham will receive funding to help them access a range of evidence-based programs and engage with professional support including speech pathologists and occupational therapists, who can help children and build the capability of families and educators.

 

Local member Sarah Connolly said extra support for learning and development at such an early age can set children up for a lifetime of learning, explaining that the funding is part of a $160 million investment over four years by the Victorian Government to help all Victorian children – especially those experiencing educational disadvantage – to get the most out of their kindergarten programs.

 

It is the first time in Australia such funding has been made available to kindergarten programs, and the funding will be a permanent part of Victoria’s early childhood education funding.

 

In 2020, around 28,500 children in 800 kindergarten programs across 32 local government areas and all Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations delivering a kindergarten program will benefit from the funding.

 

In 2021, all kindergarten programs in Victoria will receive the funding, reaching approximately 2,400 services in total, with funding intended to improve educational programs for Victorian children enrolled in a kindergarten program in the areas of communication (language development), wellbeing (social and emotional), and access and inclusion.

 

More information about School Readiness Funding is available here

 

Take a look here for more info about School Readiness Funding: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/providers/funding/Pages/srf.aspx

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