Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today joined Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Bev Colomb, to open the Baxter Kindergarten and Children’s Centre upgrade.
Ms Mikakos also announced that the centre has been awarded a rating of “Excellent” by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority. She congratulated Baxter on achieving the highest possible rating under the National Quality Framework.
Ms Mikakos commended the kindergarten on its exceptional work for Baxter children and their families, engaging the local community, hosting professional development sessions to meet the needs of other services, and modelling best practice in early learning services.
The $1.685 million Baxter redevelopment has allowed the centre to more than double its number of kindergarten places.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing $50 million in the early childhood sector through the building and upgrading of kindergartens and children’s centres. The new grants round opened yesterday.
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.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos
“Congratulations to Baxter Kindergarten for providing an outstanding service to local children and families. The Excellent rating reflects the commitment and professionalism of all the staff who work here. ”
“The Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million commitment to build and upgrade kindergartens will benefit families across Victoria, particularly in areas of high growth.”
Quotes attributable to Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority Board Chair, Rachel Hunter
“Baxter Kindergarten and Children’s Centre takes an active leadership role within the community and wider childhood sector.”
“I congratulate the educators for their continued efforts to raise the bar on quality education and care.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020