Christian College Can Now Expand Kindergarten Facilities

The Australian Christian College (ACC) Benalla can now get on with the job of building an all-access play areas, sensory gardens, outdoor learning areas, and to expand the kindergarten yard to support students with disabilities and additional needs, under the latest rounds of the Andrews Labor Government’s $30 million Inclusive Schools Fund.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, visited the school today to announce $175,000 in Andrews Labor Government funding towards the project.

The fund is helping government schools better support the social and education needs of young people with a disability.

The ACC project will upgrade and expand the kindergarten yard, with the yard area tripling in size with play equipment expanded to provide for more outdoor experiences for students.

In further good news the ACC Early Learners Expansion Project has also been successful under the Childrens’ Facilities Capital Program and will receive $149,103 to expand their facilities to double the capacity for three and four year old kinder and be able for the first time to offer long day care, before/after/holiday care.

“Benalla is experiencing growth with approximately 700 new jobs being created within the town and this project will ensure that with this growth comes fantastic facilities and choices for families about their children’s education and care,” Ms Symes said.

“This project will make a real difference by ensuring Australian Christian College provides an inclusive environment for all students.

“These projects are all about giving our schools the equipment and infrastructure they need to inspire a lifelong passion for learning for all of their students and to show that disability isn’t a barrier to learning and achieving.”

Building the Education State starts with early learning, which is why a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will invest almost $5billion to give every child the option of an extra year of kinder.  This ambitious reform will begin to roll out in 2020, with every three-year old in the state to benefit by 2022.

More information about these projects is available at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au.