WONTHAGGI and Inverloch kindergartens will share in more than $30,000 in funding.

Bass MP Jordan Crugnale said three local kindergartens would receive funding to buy specialist equipment, including:

• White Road Kindergarten Wonthaggi – $9994.

• Drysdale Street Kindergarten, Wonthaggi – $9994.

• Inverloch Kindergarten – $8984.

The latest round of Building Blocks Inclusion Grants is worth almost $2.4 million – supporting 242 kindergartens to upgrade their facilities or purchase equipment to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for children of all needs and abilities.

Upgrades could include infrastructure in playgrounds to make kinder activities more accessible as well as moveable inclusive education equipment such as mobility stools and sensory equipment to support learning programs.

In addition, Ms Crugnale announced two kindergartens would receive funding to buy new IT equipment to support their funded kinder programs, with White Road receiving $1500 Drysdale Street receiving $943.

From 2022, three-year-old children in Bass Coast will have access to at least five hours of funded kindergarten.

The hours will then increase up to the full 15 hour program by 2029.

The South Gippsland Shire was part of the initial roll-out, with children already able to access up to 15 hours of funded kindergarten.

“We are excited to improve kindergarten infrastructure in the Casey, Cardinia and Bass Coast council areas and make sure they are inclusive for all children – this will also be critical to ensuring the success of the state-wide roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten next year,” Ms Crugnale said.

“It’s really important that we continue to upgrade facilities and buy the specialist equipment needed to create safe and inclusive learning environments because we want our kids to participate fully and our educators to have the best.”