Forest Hill Grants Awarded 2010

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 92 applications for Forest Hill Grants (up to $10,000) in April and the Advisory Committee recommended that 23 full Grants and 22 partial Grants be given. With Trustees agreement, the Forest Hill Grants given totalled $159,282.

Child, Carer and Country Inc. in Broome: Documenting aboriginal traditional languages and building resources for teaching children.

Glenroy Early Intervention Service ( Yooralla): Purchase of a Kidwalk to help children with severe physical disabilities to learn to walk and enhance their mobility.

Noble Park Occasional Childcare Inc.: Celebration of special days of different cultural groups.

Californian Gully Kindergarten: Running costs for a healthy eating program to help families in financial distress and as an education program for all families.

Aurora Early Intervention Program: Contribution to a family weekend camp for families with deaf children aged 0 – 6 years.

Knitting for the Needy: Providing wool for garments knitted for children in need, similar to children who used to go to the Forest Hill Holiday Home.

Vision Australia: Purchase of a program called Dots for Tots which is an early childhood literacy program to teach them skills in braille.

Narre Warren Central Kindergarten: Developing use of digital cameras in an early intervention program.

Benton’s Square Preschool – Mt.Martha: Purchase of a computer program called Boardmaker which supports early language and literacy development.

Uniting Care Cutting Edge – Shepparton: Equipment fora playgroup providing a safe, welcoming environment for recently arrived refugee families.

FKA Children’s Services: To provide two parent information sheets in each of 25 relevant community languages that will facilitate reciprocal partnerships between early childhood staff and families.

St.Andrew’s Kindergarten-Fairfield: To upgrade and refurbish equipment in the home corner.

Lakeside Children’s Centre: Setting up a parent library in a relatively new preschool in Pakenham.

Child and Family Care Network Inc.: Play equipment for a three year old group in Mulgrave.

Balnarring Preschool: Replacing a 25 year old cubby house with a three sided shelter to encourage imaginative play.

JCI Whitehorse Maroondah: Purchase of culturally diverse equipment and musical instruments for playgroups.

Neangar Preschool- South Bendigo: Purchase of a video camera to assist in working with the children – including the  promotion of communication and reflection on events.

Little River Kindergarten:Purchase of percussion instruments.

Yooralla Early Intervention Services in Blackburn:Provision of a Westside Circus ongoing program for siblings of children with a disability.

Cavendish Preschool/ Playcentre: Purchase of some furniture for this multi-use centre in a small rural community.

Ivanhoe Children’s Community Co-operative: Families and children will be creating a mural for their new building – their old building burnt down.

Sylvanvale Foundation in outer Sydney: Purchase of a Standing System for children with special needs to help them to stand upright.

Springvale Service for Children: To extend the available toys in the toy library in this newly amalgamated multi-use centre.

Chatsworth Kindergarten and Child Care: Purchase of a range of sandpit and other outdoor equipment.

Tatura Children’s Centre:Purchase of garden equipment for the long day-care program that will include growing vegetables for use at the Centre.

Yooralla – Early Intervention in Bittern:Purchase Parent Library books and equipment for children with special needs.

Good Beginnings Australia: Consultation and development of a program for vulnerable families in the Morwell area.

St.George School Sunrise Playgroup – Queensland: Purchase of a range of equipment for a playgroup program, for indigenous children in the community, prior to starting school.

Merrigum Preschool:To improve and equip the outdoor play area.

Koroit and District Preschool:To set up three garden boxes and a water tank for programs around growing food and outdoor activity.

Violet Town Early Childhood Education Centre: Indoor and outdoor play equipment.

Boroondarra Kindergarten: To extend the Kindergarten Lending Library’s dual language books, to support first language development and second language acquisition.

Kialla Children’s Centre: Purchase of art and craft materials and indoor and outdoor play equipment.

Meadow Heights Learning Shop: Play equipment for the Occasional Care groups of culturally and linguistically diverse families.

Thomastown West Kindergarten:Purchase of indoor furniture and play equipment.

Blake Street Kindergarten – East Reservoir:Landscaping and planting in the outdoor play area.

Berwick Church of Christ Playgroup: Purchase of language resources and equipment to encourage imaginative play.

Thornbury Kindergarten Inc:Purchase of books and DVD’s for a parent resource library for a culturally and socially diverse group of families.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre:Provision of back to school kits and a “Kids Zone” program to support young children whose families attend the Centre.

Merri Community Health Services: To develop and extend the children’s book collection in the lending library at Broadmeadows and Thornbury Early Intervention Service (for children with two or more areas of developmental delay).

Poowong Preschool: Provide equipment for a road safety program. This preschool is in a dairy-farming district under financial stress.

Weipa Community Care Association – Queensland:Provision of car seats and child restraints to loan to carers, for indigenous children to attend early childhood programs.

Ferntree Gully North Primary School: Provide Prep to year 2 classes with equipment for sensory, explorative and constructive play programs.

Yarrunga Primary School – Wangaratta: Furniture and books for a multipurpose early learning centre.

Gembrook Preschool:Purchase of the Boardmaker computer program to support communication for children with special needs.