Existing preschools will be updated and new ones built in Victoria to create more than 3,300 new kinder places addressing a spike in population in the state.
$18 million will be earmarked to build and upgrade facilities across the state.
The multi-million dollar investment is through the 2017-18 round of the Labor Government’s Children’s Facilities Capital (CFC) Program, and will fund 28 new projects in metropolitan and regional Victoria.
The Acacia Avenue preschool in Mentone is one of the early beneficiaries having been provided $650,000 to build a new early learning centre for local families, which will double the kinder places currently available from 54 to 99.
The Labor Government’s continued investment in early childhood infrastructure will create more than 600 four-year-old places for 2018.
Grants of up to $1.6 million will go towards building nine integrated children’s centres – one-stop-shops providing early childhood education and family services under one roof.
Grants are also being provided for new and upgraded kindergartens across Victoria.
The Labor Government is delivering $74 million to build, expand and upgrade early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens, including $10 million targeting growth areas.
Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos said; “As young Victorians get set to start their preschool year, we are making more kinder places available than ever before so our kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.”
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