Children’s imaginative play and social connections between parents will be nurtured with a $5,000 grant from Labor to enable South Melbourne Toy Library to improve and expand their resources for local families.
This grant for South Melbourne Toy Library would help to replenish toy stocks and update their IT capability.
Toy Libraries are a valuable community resource for families unable to afford to provide toys and educational aids to their children. They encourage play-based learning and social development in babies and young children and help facilitate friendships and peer support for their parents and carers.
Parents and carers who are members of the South Melbourne Toy Library can make friends in a welcoming, safe environment and give their children access to a range of educational toys and developmental experiences at low or no cost.
Labor will provide $5,000 for the South Melbourne Toy Library to update their IT capability, purchase new toys, books and educational aids and expand its footprint in the community – delivering new joy and support for local families. This funding support to South Melbourne Toy Library is greater support from the Commonwealth and is a long overdue recognition of the important place it has in the local community.
Labor is committed to doing more to promote early childhood development.
Labor has announced the biggest ever investment in early childhood education in Australia with the $1.75 billion National Preschool and Kindy Program.
Labor’s plan will see around 700,000 three and four year olds access preschool and kindy every year. This will also help parents balance work and family and help reduce the child care bill for families with children already in early education.