Families in Yea will now have access to more kinder places and modernised early years services, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes visited Yea and District Children’s Centre to officially open its expanded facilities.

This upgrade has delivered Stage One modifications and extension of the Centre. The expansion of the facility includes a new kitchen, laundry, cleaners room, new cot room, refurbished staff toilet and external bin store. It has also increased the room size of the Group 3 room, repainted the store room, existing walls and ceilings and improved access to the long day care room.

The renovation has allowed additional sleeping space in the Three-Year-Old room, thus providing an expansion of long day care services for children aged under three.

The Labor Government through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program provided $325,000 along with parents fundraising efforts contributing $50,000 towards the $468,000 project.

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.

This will be the largest social, economic and educational reform ever undertaken in early childhood learning in Victoria’s history.

 “As a parent of two young children, I understand the importance of access to quality childcare in country areas and I’m proud that Labor has delivered on this project for Yea families,” Ms Symes said.

“We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services right across Northern Victoria, so our children can get the most out of their great local kindergarten.

“Yea families will reap the benefits of this upgrade and local kids will get the best out of kinder.”

“This is about giving children strong support from an early age, so they’re ready for school and ready for life.”