More kinders and upgraded early years facilities are on the way for Victorian families and their children – including in Glenroy – thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today announced a major boost for the local Glenroy community, which is getting a new $4.7 million early years hub as part of the 2018-19 Children’s Facilities Capital Program.
The Labor Government is contributing $1.6 million to the Wheatsheaf Hub Early Years Centre, which will boast kinder programs, long day care, Maternal and Child Health services, as well as allied health and other family services. It will provide 66 new places for four-year-old kinder and 22 new places for 3-year-old kinder.
The Moreland City Council is providing the remaining $3.1 million for the project, which will form a key part of the community hub planned for the former Glenroy Primary School.
The Wheatsheaf Hub Early Years Centre is one of more than 50 projects to be funded through this capital funding round across the state, delivering top class early facilities so children can make the most out of their early years education.
It comes as Labor announces its plan to build 785 new kinders and upgrade 170 more if re-elected, as part of its almost $5 billion three-year-old kinder reform. Under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government, every Victorian child will have access to at least five hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder by 2022, progressively scaled up to 15 hours per week over the next decade.
It represents good news for families struggling with the cost of living. Right now, many are forced to scrimp and save to cover the costs of three-year-old kinder – around $5000 a year for 15 hours – while the vast majority see their kids miss out.
But under Labor’s plan, around a quarter of Victorian families will pay nothing at all.
This will be the largest social, economic and educational reform ever undertaken in early childhood learning in Victoria’s history.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos
“Universal access to three-year-old kinder is an Australian-first and make no mistake, this will change lives.”
“We’ve promised to rollout three-year-old kinder and we’re backing it up, undertaking the biggest early education build our state has ever seen. Only Labor will make sure local kids get the opportunities they deserve.”
Quote attributable to Member for Pascoe Vale Lizzie Blandthorn
“This is a great day for local families in Glenroy – this new hub will not only provide more kinder places and easier access to Maternal and Child Health services, but also playgroups and parent groups – all under one roof.”