Victoria’s littlest learners are getting improved and expanded kinders to learn and thrive in, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Building Blocks Capacity Grant program delivered in partnership with local councils.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards MP has announced a $5.5 million investment under the Building Blocks program for a new kindergarten project in Marong.
Built in partnership with the City of Greater Bendigo council, this facility will provide space for maternal and child health services, playgroups and parenting programs as well as allied health services and wellbeing programs – ensuring families can access the services they need, close to home.
The new centre will be located at 36 Torrens Street, Marong and will provide kindergarten places for three- and four-year-olds – providing greater convenience to local families.
Marong Kindergarten will receive $5.5 million to expand the existing service by up to 99 places by creating three additional kindergarten rooms and space for community services and family engagement.
“We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so Victorian children can get the most out of great local kindergartens and get the best start to life," Ms Edwards said.
“More funding for early childhood infrastructure projects means that service providers across the state will have more flexibility to deliver local kindergarten programs that meet the needs of our growing communities.
“Our investment in amazing kinder facilities in Marong is giving local kids opportunities to learn and make friendships close to home – setting our early learners up to reach their full potential."
Through our nation-leading $14 billion Best Start, Best Life reforms, the Labor Government is transforming early childhood education to help children thrive, save families money and support parents – especially women – to return to work or study if they choose.
As part of the Victorian Budget 2023/24, the Labor Government is continuing to deliver the kindergarten infrastructure Victoria needs by investing an additional $1.2 billion for new kinders at or near government and low-fee non-government schools, alongside new and expanded kinders on local government sites.
*Picture by Darren Howe, copyright Bendigo Advertiser.