The Victorian Government is helping kindergarten services in Macedon reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission with support for better ventilation measures to help keep children and staff COVIDSafe.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today announced more than $7.5 million will be available statewide for local not-for-profit kindergarten services to support additional ventilation and air purification measures.

Funding will be available from Monday 18 October 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.

Eligible services will be sent an email enabling them to 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 outside learning .

Many Victorian early childhood education and care services can already create environments with good ventilation through opening windows and doors and using existing outdoor learning spaces to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection.

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 for work in an early childhood setting to protect children, staff and the broader community. All workers in early childhood settings must have a first dose by 25 October, with full vaccination required by 29 November unless a medical exemption applies.

More information is available on the Victorian School Building Authority website.