Families in Toorak will now have access to the first-rate early years services they deserve, thanks to a $140,000 upgrade by the Andrews Labor Government.
Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Sonya Kilkenny today visited Brookville Kindergarten to open the service’s $147,000 facilities upgrade, and to meet children and families, including those who will benefit from funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten programs in 2022.
The upgrade expands the kindergarten’s outdoor learning spaces to include a new space for ball play, a larger covered deck area and better designed outdoor play area.
The new extended deck and play area allows extra space for imaginative and exploratory play such as painting, outdoor kitchens and stages, and a relocated swing area to create more open space.
The Labor Government provided Brookville Kindergarten with $100,000 towards the upgrade through an Early Learning Facility Upgrade grant.
This is part of the Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020.
The Government has committed $1.68 billion to co-invest with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state throughout the roll-out.
Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny
“It’s wonderful to see this upgraded outdoor learning space in action, and I’m sure the children at Brookville Kindergarten will reap the benefits of this investment.”
Quote attributable to Member for Southern Metropolitan Region Nina Taylor
“It’s great to see the children at Brookville Kindergarten enjoying their new outdoor play area thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s record investment in early childhood infrastructure.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino
“We’re making sure children across Victoria have access to the first-rate early years facilities they deserve so they can get the most out of their time at kindergarten.”
“Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years, which is why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services.”