FOUR Macedon Ranges kindergartens are set to benefit from nearly $25,000 in grants that will provide kids with improved outdoor play spaces.

The funding comes through the state government’s Minor Infrastructure Refurbishment grants, which provides grants of up to $10,000 to improve the amenity of indoor or outdoor spaces used by children.

Manna Gum Family and Children’s Centre in Gisborne will receive $9000 to relocate the current fence to increase its outdoor capacity and incorporate a water tank, vegetable garden and natural play space.

Romsey Kindergarten will receive $7400 to replace its existing shed with a larger one with new shelving.

Gisborne’s Swinburne Avenue Children’s Centre and Kyneton’s Lady Brooks Kindergarten will each receive $4200 to create small, raised and calming sensory rock gardens, while Swinburne Avenue Children’s Centre will also beautify the current sandpit area.

Council’s Director Community Wellbeing, Karen Stevens welcomed the announcement and thanked the Victorian Government for their contribution.

“The funding will assist with upgrades to outdoor spaces and technology to ensure our facilities continue to meet the growing needs of local families—it’s a great result for our kindergartens.”

Ten kindergartens in the Macedon Ranges will also share in more than $15,000 of funding as part of the state government’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program.

Swinburne Avenue Children’s Centre, Romsey Kindergarten, Gisborne Kindergarten, Riddells Creek Kindergarten, Goodstart Early Learning Kyneton, and Goodstart Early Learning Woodend each received $1500 for new desktop computers.

Information technology grants of up to $1500 are available to purchase desktops, laptops, tablets and televisions used for either learning programs or administration use.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas said she is excited for the upgrades to Macedon Ranges kindergartens.

“These exciting upgrades will give our little residents in the Macedon Ranges an even better kindergarten experience,” she said.

“This funding will provide great new learning and play spaces and new information technology for the children at eight kindergartens across the Macedon Ranges.”

​For more information on recipients and the program, go to schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au