Grants have been distributed through the Foundation’s Forest Hill and Warrawong Funds

Forest Hill Grants – 2009

These grants are given to early childhood programs that “provide services for, or  otherwise benefit, those in distressed and necessitous circumstances in early childhood in Australia.”

There were 73 Applications for the Forest Hill Grants and a total of 33 Grants were given for a total of $123,599.

Taralye: to purchase new and updated educational toys for a playgroup for hearing impaired children.

Eltham Toy Library: to add to the games and puzzles  available to families across four municipalities.

Lakeside Children’s Services: to add to outdoor equipment at this multi-group children’s centre in Pakenham, which caters for a rapidly expanding population in the area including children with special needs.

Westgate Multiple Birth Association: to set up music groups for infant, toddler and pre-school Multiples and disseminate outcomes to the wider population of Multiple Birth Associations.

Balnarring Pre-school: a small grant to set up a chicken hatching and growing programme.

Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland: to set up and run a pilot Sibling Program, developed in close consultation with parents.

Russian House Cultural Advancement Society: to provide toys for a playgroup when young families access the Centre for a range of activities. Russian speaking migrants were the fifth largest non-English Speaking background intake into Australia between 2001 and 2006.

Knitting for the Needy: ongoing support for a group that knits for children in need, similar to children who originally attended the Forest Hill Holiday home.

Nullawarre Kindergarten:to establish a lending library for this well attended rural kindergarten, as there is no local library available to these families.

Berwick Kindergarten: to replace twenty year old indoor and outdoor wooden blocks which are seen as an invaluable part of equipment in the Kindergarten. They hope the new ones will have the same longevity!

Yooralla, Blackburn: recognises the importance of supporting siblings of children with special needs. The Grant will contribute to funding a siblings’ weekend camp.

Berwick Church of Christ Playgroup: which services 80 families, plans to purchase more diverse equipment to enhance children’s gross motor skills.

Californian Gully Kindergarten: The Grant will enable this Kindergarten near Maryborough to continue its programme of healthy eating by provision of fresh fruit and vegetables. Maryborough is listed as one of the six most disadvantaged areas in Victoria.

Barmah Kindergarten and Occasional Child Care Centre: operates out of a local hall and provides  services for families in a drought stricken rural area. The Grant will be used for a range of equipment.

JCI Whitehorse Maroondah: wishes to establish a parent attended playgroup as there is a shortage of playgroup opportunities in the area. The Grant will assist in the purchase of equipment.

Waikerie Primary School: is very concerned by the number of young students reflecting the stress of their families in the drought affected Riverland area of South Australia. The Grant will provide equipment for imaginative play in a Play Room that has been set up specially for Early Years children.

Gordon and District Play group: operates once a week in the Millbrook school which was closed. Their Grant will provide them with shade so the outdoor area can be utilised during the hot summer months.

Birchip and District Pre-school: is a small preschool in a drought affected area of the Mallee. The Grant will enable them to bring four performances in for the children.

Mornington Park Primary School: is in a Ministry of Housing Estate. The Grant will provide special lunch boxes for 2010 Prep. students and two sessions for parents to learn more about healthy eating. They hope to engage parents in this “Head Start at School” programme.

Alle Munchkins: is a non-profit family initiative for young children from German/English bi-lingual families in Melbourne’s west. They meet at Williamstown Community Centre and the Grant will add to their books and other resources for the growing number of children participating and for the teachers.

Noble Park Occasional Childcare: will provide activities to support special events linked to the cultural diversity of the children and families in their care.

Penshurst Preschool: will buy and install a water tank on the cubby house in the playground to support understanding and care about water conservation.

Yooralla Narre Warren Children’s Centre: will use their Grant to establish an extensive resource library with books and DVD’s for parents and educational games for children.

Emmanuel Anglican and Uniting Church: is in Wodonga West and will purchase additional and replacement equipment for a playgroup they run at the local Neighbourhood House. The cost of professional staff is covered by the Church.

Upper Yarra Community House: runs many children’s programmes but would like to develop, implement and evaluate a programme for three to five year olds structured round perceptual motor skills. The Grant will enable the purchase of equipment for this programme.

SCOPE: (formerly the Spastic Children’s Society of Victoria) had developed (with Government funding) a program called “One Day at a Time”. This involves co-operative support of children’s development between Early Childhood staff and parents. It is currently in hard copy and SCOPE plans to convert this to a web-based tool. The Grant will contribute to this project.

Glastonbury Child and Family Services: works with disadvantaged families in Geelong. The Grant will fund programme materials ( books, games etc.) for the PLAY (Parents Learning Actively with Youngsters) programme in which parents and children from birth to four years, participate.

East Burwood Preschool: have been given a partial grant towards a major project to set up a water tank, a vegetable garden and other interactive garden spaces.

Mallee Family Care: there are a large number of Tongan and Samoan families in the region and many do  not engage with early childhood services. The partial Grant will contribute to the setting up of a play group which is culturally relevant to these families as they approached Mallee Family Care about such an initiative.

Yooralla, Westernport Wallaroo Hub: will purchase a range of equipment including a computer software program that enables parents and staff to make visual cues for children in the kindergarten programme.

Berry Street Victoria: are redeveloping a programme into DVD format to support adolescents and young adults from disadvantaged or harmed backgrounds who are themselves becoming parents. The Grant will contribute to the overall project.

Avenel Preschool\Nagambie Preschool: Many of the children have little exposure to books prior to going to school. The Nagambie public library is poorly utilised and Avenel only has a visiting service. With the Grant, the Preschool teacher will develop special literacy and numeracy backpacks for borrowing, like library books.

Myrtleford Toy Library: will improve the quality and quantity of its toys as it aims to increase the participation rate, which is currently very small.