Carey Street Kindergarten will hold it’s annual Springtime Fair this Friday, October 25 to fundraise so it can accommodate for the roll out of additional kindergarten hours for three-year-olds.
Market stalls will include Tupperware, candles, jewellery, cakes, home baked goodies, scrunchies made by Chloe Brasser, Christmas presents, as well as a sausage sizzle and entertainment from the local primary schools.
Ararat West Primary School’s Skipping Team, Ararat 800 Primary School’s bamboozle circus group and preps, St Mary’s School Choir and the Ararat Rural City Development Program will all provide entertainment.
“There’s entertainment, there’s craft activities for the children, there’s a handball competition, there’s a lucky chocolate bar throw, there are show bags. So, lots and lots of entertainment and fun for the whole family,” Carey Street Kindergarten Educators and Fair organiser Kara Bartlett said.
A lot of work has gone into the fete this year from both educators and parents as well as the kindergarten’s children and community.
“We start planning it in the second term with fortnightly meetings. A group of dedicated parent helpers help us out and then we have a lot of support from the community as well,” Bartlett said.
The Victorian Government announced an investment of almost $5 billion over ten years so that children across the state will have access to two years of the kindergarten program.
For Carey Street Kindergarten to accommodate the increasing hours of three-year-old programs, alongside the existing four-year-old program, the teaching space needs to be increased.
“The government has just introduced 15 hours of funding for three-year-old kindergarten. This is new for our three-year-old kindergarten because it hasn’t been funded by the government before,” Bartlett said.
“What that means for us is that we’ll have to have four-year-old and three-year-old children here at the same time to be able to provide 15 hours.”
“Plans are already underway for this to happen by 2021 and all funds from the Springtime Fair will be used to support it.”
The Fair starts at 5pm on Friday, running until 7pm as a part of the Golden Gateway Festival.