$35k to support kindy kids
THE C&K-run Bundaberg kindy and Community Link Program will be able to buy a new transport van with a $35,000 grant from the Queensland Government.
Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson announced the grant, which forms part of the government's Small Asset Grant Program.
Ms Donaldson said the funds would be used to purchase a van to increase the kindergarten's ability to transport Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
"The Queensland Government through the Department of Education and Training provides recurrent funding of $22.92 million to Early Years Services," she said.
"It is great to see a local Bundaberg program receive this support to allow families to still have access even if they have difficulties with transportation."
C&K's equity and diversity co-ordinator Sandi Lascelles said the new van would ensure the kindergarten program was more easily accessible and would help strengthen relationships between the kindy and the Bundaberg community.
"At the core of what we do at C&K is the belief in inclusiveness," Ms Lascelles said.
"And in the past a lack of transport has meant some families have not been able to access our kindergarten program, putting children at a disadvantage.
"It's well known that children who go through a kindergarten program are better prepared for Prep year of school and are more likely to succeed with their future education."
Ms Donaldson said figures show that 3% of Queensland children are missing out on kindergarten, but that figure jumps up to 23% for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.