Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos was joined today by Member for Thomastown, Bronwyn Halfpenny to officially open the new Korin Korin Child and Family Centre in Wollert.
The new $4.15 million centre will offer 198 places across its three and four-year-old kindergarten program.
Research has shown that children reap the benefits at school and beyond from two years of quality kindergarten.
The hub brings family services and kindergarten under the one roof, including a maternal and child health consulting room, a meeting room and space that can be used by playgroups and parenting groups. It also includes a landscaped outdoor play area.
The Victorian Government contributed $1.6 million towards the hub, with the City of Whittlesea Council also contributing.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing $60 million to build and upgrade kindergartens and children’s centres, including a $10 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 for high-growth areas including Whittlesea.
Infrastructure projects such as these ensure local children’s services have the space and flexibility they need to deliver 15 hours of kindergarten alongside a range of other vital early years programs.
The Labor Government is also delivering $83.7 million over four years to support improved educator-to-child ratios from 2016.
Families are benefitting from improved staff-to-child ratios which allow more one-on-one time for every child and boost the value they receive from time spent at kindergarten in preparation for school.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
“The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – which means building early years facilities to meet demand in our fastest growing communities.”
“Hubs like Korin Korin, with flexible programs and meeting spaces will provide for the needs of this local community.”
Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny
“This one stop shop gives the families of Wollert a range of early childhood services all under the one roof.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020