A new kindergarten upgrade at Mt Piper Kindergarten will help children and families access quality early childhood services, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $50 million investment in the early childhood sector, Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today.

Ms Symes said the Labor Government had allocated $350,000 to Mt Piper Kindergarten in Broadford to upgrade and extend its facilities and services.

The project will create a community hub for children’s and family services, co-locating services to improve transition between these services.

Ms Symes said it will provide for 29 new 4YO places and 20 new 3YO places.

“This development will provide the opportunity for greater integration of services, both physically and professionally,” Ms Symes said.

“The centre is located in a high growth area and this upgrade will support the delivery of services in the area, including kindergarten programs, maternal and child health, allied health, indigenous support workers and family services.

“The Mt Piper Kindergarten is a fantastic kinder and the staff and children will benefit from upgraded facilities.

“Through investments like this the Labor Government is delivering infrastructure to areas with the strongest demand for high-quality early education and care services.

“This is an investment in our future, which will help meet the growing demand for kindergarten places in Broadford so our children can get a strong start in life.”

The Government is also providing up to $83.7 million over four years in additional funding to support the implementation of improved educator-to-child ratios from 1 January 2016.

Families will benefit from improved ratios, which will allow more one-on-one time for every child and boost the value they receive from time spent at kindergarten in preparation for school.

The Labor Government is committed to making Victoria the Education State – and this begins with giving every child a strong start in life.