Six Ipswich kindies are set to receive over $210,000 to support local vulnerable and disadvantaged children, as part of the new Kindy Uplift Pilot Program.
The program, established by the Palaszczuk Government, will invest $40 million over three years from 2022 – 2024 into more than 400 kindies across Queensland.
Member for Ipswich Jennifer Howard said that this funding will have a positive impact on local families.
“Many local parents and carers have made me aware of the need for more kindy support,” Ms Howard said.
“Kindy Uplift will provide extra wellbeing support for kids who are doing it tough.
“The program will provide additional resources and early support for kids who need it the most.
“Kindy is an important precursor to prep and primary school and some kids need some extra help getting ready for school.
“I welcome this funding and hope to see it expanded once the pilot program finishes.”
The Glebe Road Community Kindergarten was one of six Ipswich kindies that will receive funding as part of the program.
Co-Directors of the kindergarten, Suzanne Picton and Carlie Hauser, said that this program will go far in supporting local families that need it.
“We are very excited to be selected to take part in the Kindy Uplift pilot program,” they said.
“The first five years of a child’s life is so important in determining their future learning development and wellbeing.
“Quality education and care makes a huge difference in children’s lives and we are passionate about providing the absolute best outcomes for children in our community.
“We are very thankful to the State Government for this new initiative and unique opportunity to support our community.
“We are looking forward to working with the Uplift Program coaches and our community partners and using thing this funding to strengthen children’s access and outcomes at our Kindy.”
The five other Ipswich kindergartens selected to take part in the program include Ipswich Kindergarten, Jacaranda Street Community Preschool and Kindergarten, Kambu Amaroo Kindergarten, Raceview Congregational Pre School and Kindergarten, and Roderick Street Community Pre-School and Kindergarten.
For more information visit: www.qld.gov.au/kindyuplift