Victoria Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos
Expanding Kindergartens In The Central Goldfields Shire
Victor P Taffa
Victorian Government is expanding kindergartens in the Central Goldfields Shire and increasing enrolment numbers by bringing vital family services under the one roof.
“Participating in early childhood services and kindergarten make a big difference to children’s lives, and we’re working to ensure all Victorian children see the benefit of these programs no matter where they live.” Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said.
“15 hours of kindergarten makes improves children’s school performance and job prospects and these new facilities will deliver quality early childhood services to more Goldfields families.”
Goldfields Children’s Centre can grow from 22 four-year-old places to 66 three-and-four-year-old places through a bigger kindergarten as well as new allied health services.
“We are delighted to be improving the facilities for Maryborough youngsters and their families.” Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said.
$900,000 investment includes one new kindergarten room, two additional counselling and meeting spaces, a dedicated therapy room for speech pathology and hearing services, and the incorporation of the toy library service and supported playgroup.
Bringing vital family services, childcare and kindergarten under the one roof offers flexibility and convenience to the community.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos officially opened the new centre today, congratulating the Central Goldfields Shire Council and the community on their support for this vital local project.
State Government contributed $600,000 towards the centre’s upgrade and the Central Goldfields Shire Council contributed $300,000.
Andrews Government is investing $50 Million in the early childhood sector through building and upgrading kindergartens and children’s centres.
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.
National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education, which funds 15 hours of preschool per week is due to run out this year.
Children who attend 15 hours per week of preschool do better at school, have improved job prospects and are set up to achieve their full potential.