October 20, 2016

EARLY CHILDHOOD FUNDING TO STAY IN BALLARAT

The Victorian Government is investing in early learning centres in Ballarat identified as high priority projects.

Girrabanya Children’s Centre and Mount Pleasant Kindergarten will share in $2 million to help them deal with increased demand for early year’s services.

The Labor Government has worked with the City of Ballarat and the local community to decide where the investment was needed most.

Plans to upgrade Mount Pleasant Kindergarten include a second kindergarten room, doubling the number of spaces available.

Girrabanya Children’s Centre will benefit from 22 new long day care places and 23 occasional care places – increasing the number of licensed kindergarten places from 22 to 33.

The Government is providing up to $83.7 million to help kindergartens improve staff-to-child ratios to support better social and learning outcomes.

We are also investing $60 million in the early childhood sector through building and upgrading kindergartens and children’s centres, including $10 million for projects in high-growth areas.

Our Government is making Victoria the Education State – this starts with giving every child the best start in life.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“Early childhood services and kindergarten make a big difference to children’s lives, and we’re ensuring all Victorian children see the benefits.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard

“We’ve listened to the advice of local council and we’re investing in early learning centres that need it most.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight

“We’re working to make sure all children in Ballarat can reap the benefits of a first-rate early year’s education, and that includes access to quality facilities.”