Willaura and District Kindergarten children Drew, Danielle, Elsie, Mia, Hamish and Kate in early 2015. Picture: CONTRIBUTED. WILLAURA and District Kindergarten could benefit from changes to funding for small rural kinders.
Member for Western Victoria, Jaala Pulford said a new base level of funding for very small rural services with eight or fewer children enrolled will be introduced from 2016.
Willaura and District Kindergartenhad 14 or fewer enrolments in 2015.
Up to $33,000 will be provided tosmall rural kinders to help keep their services strong and viable in the face of fluctuating enrolments.
It ispart of an additional $500,000 in funding that has been earmarkedfor small rural kindergarten services across Victoria.
Ms Pulford said the support wouldensurefamilies can access high quality early years education and care regardless of their postcode.
She said the State governmentrecognisedthe challenges faced by ruralcommunities, particularly relating to their smaller population base.
“Operating a kindergarten service in a rural or remote area can be challenging, particularly when enrolments shift from year to year.”
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