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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

NEW KINDER AND COMMUNITY CENTRE FOR MAIDEN GULLY

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP today announced that the Shinebright Maiden Gully Early Years Kindergarten, Day Care and Community Centre is one of more than 50 projects that will be funded through the 2018-19 major grants round of the Children’s Facilities Capital Program.

Maiden Gully Early Years Kindergarten, Day Care and Community Centre received $1.6 million towards the building and operation of a kindergarten, day care, medical and allied health facility for up to 150 children, 0 to 5 years of age, so that local children can make the most out of their early years education.

More kinders, integrated children’s hubs and upgraded early years facilities are on the way for Victorian families and their children, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

The funding is part of a $43 million investment for kinder capital projects – the single largest round of state investment in early childhood infrastructure in Victoria.

Local councils and kinder services across the state will be provided funding to build new integrated children’s centres, integrate their service delivery and upgrade existing facilities to boost their number of kinder places.

This includes funding to build almost 20 brand new early learning centres to provide vital early years and family services under one roof.

Meanwhile, 37 existing early learning facilities will receive grants of up to $350,000 to upgrade and extend so they can offer more kinder places and improve their learning spaces.

These projects include refurbishing outdoor play and learning spaces and upgrading and extending indoor rooms to create more kinder places.

Building the Education State starts with early learning, which is why a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will invest almost $5 billion to give every Victorian child an extra year of kinder. This ambitious reform will begin to roll out in 2020, with every three-year-old in the state to benefit by 2022.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has invested 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. This will lead to an estimated 8,250 additional kindergarten places for 3- and 4-year-olds, as well as hundreds of new and revamped early learning facilities and playgroups since 2014.

This work builds on the Labor Government’s landmark $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of giving families support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

 “This is fantastic news for families in Maiden Gully – one of the biggest growth areas in Bendigo. This new facility is much needed and will service the children and families of Maiden Gully and the region well into the future”

“With the Andrews Labor Government’s recent announcement of fully funded 15 hours of kindergarten for three year olds it is important to accommodate the anticipated enrolments into the future”.

“We’re building new kinders and children’s centres and upgrading existing facilities across Victoria so our children can get the most out of their kinder years. There will be a lot more kinder construction activity to come under a re-elected Andrews Labor Government as we implement our revolutionary plan to provide three-year-old kinder to all Victorian children.”

“Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – which is why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in kinder infrastructure.”

 “Investment in the early years is a no brainer – there’s nothing that is more impactful than supporting education and development in these vital years.”

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