Families in Cranbourne East will find it easier to access the services they need, with the opening of a new hub bringing together kinder, playgroups and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services under a single roof.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today visited the Livingstone Family and Community Centre to officially open the $5.7 million facility, which was built with the help of the Andrews Labor Government.
The new centre includes three kindergarten rooms, two MCH consulting rooms, an internet café, a mini sports oval for children and community spaces such as meeting rooms, an outdoor courtyard and a kitchen for hire.
The centre will be able to cater for 135 kindergarten places, with families able to access MCH services, playgroups, parenting programs, early childhood intervention services and other family services.
The Labor Government provided the City of Casey $1.6 million for the centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program major grant, with the remainder of the funding provided by the Council.
The Government is investing a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens.
It has led to an additional 8,250 kindergarten places and hundreds of new and revamped early learning facilities and playgroups since 2014.
Cranbourne families are also benefitting from the Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which provides strong support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos
“Looking after our littlest Victorians and giving them the best start in life is the smartest investment we can make.”
“We’re making it easier than ever for families to access the services they need to ensure their kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.”
Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera
“This is a great day for local families in Cranbourne – the Livingstone Family and Community Centre 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.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020