KINDERGARTEN services will be able to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission, with support for better ventilation measures to help keep children and staff COVID-safe.
Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt announced more than $7.5 million worth of grants to improve ventilation in around 1700 Victorian not-for-profit kindergarten services, with each grant worth $4500.
"We know how important it is to keep our kindergarten children, their families and the dedicated staff safe that's why we are supporting ventilation and air purification measures to reduce the risk of transmission," she said.
"These grants are easy to access and will allow kindergarten services to improve their ventilation and air purification for the health of staff, kids and local families."
Eligible services will be sent an email where they simply opt-in for the grant which can be spent on ventilation and air purification enhancements as well as small-scale building works like adding or replacing windows and installing outdoor shade structures to increase learning outside.
Air purification is also an important measure for spaces where there may be limited ability to increase ventilation, such as kitchens or staff areas.
This follows the Victorian Chief Health Officer's directions that vaccination is a requirement of work in an early childhood setting - protecting children, staff and the broader community.
Funding will be available from October 18 and is open to all Victorian not-for-profit funded sessional and long day care providers offering a funded three or four-year-old kindergarten program.
All workers in early childhood settings must have a first dose by October 25, with full vaccination required by November 29 unless a medical exemption applies.
To find out more visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/Pages/Kinder-Ventilation-Support
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