The Andrews Government is building new and upgrading early learning facilities across the state, as it gets on with delivering universal Three-Year-Old Kinder.

Member for Footscray Katie Hall announced KU Children’s Services would receive a $1 million grant to build a new $4.5 million children’s centre in Maidstone.

The new facility will mean families in the inner west will have access to 33 more kindergarten places and allied health services for children closer to home.

This is part of the Andrews Government’s $33.6 million investment in the 2019/20 Budget for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program.

Funding has been allocated through the program to build new and upgrade existing early years facilities to support the roll-out of funded three-year-old programs, as well as continuing to support the demand for four-year-old kinder.

In an Australian-first, the Andrews Government is investing nearly $5 billion over the next ten years to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children.

The Andrews Government is also upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state in preparation for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.

This is about ensuring families in the inner west have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education The Hon. James Merlino MP

“We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services as part of our historic $5 billion investment in delivering funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Footscray Katie Hall MP

“This is about boosting early learning facilities in the inner west and this exciting new project will ensure local children can get the most out of their time at kindergarten.”