Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes today visited Avenel Preschool to turn the sod on the $526,000 upgrade and expansion. The Andrews Labor Government provided $350,000 towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant.

The kindergarten is being expanded with a new kindergarten/playroom, office, Maternal and Child Health room and a meeting/multipurpose room dedicated planning and administration space and multipurpose meeting room.

The upgraded facility will accommodate increasing enrolments and a range of early years services, including maternal and child health and wellbeing outreach programs, further strengthening support for the community.

The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to come.

The Labor Government will invest more than $1.6 billion over the next decade to build approximately 785 new kinders and expand 170 existing services.

The is part of a $5 billion plan to ensure every Victorian child has access to at least five hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder by 2022, progressively scaled up to 15 hours per week over the next decade.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“This exciting upgrade will ensure Avenel families can access quality early childhood services to help their children get ready for school and ready for life.

Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investments in early childhood services.”