Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today turned the first sod on the site of the Wallan Integrated Children’s Centre, marking the start of construction work on the new $3.7 million multi-disciplinary centre.

Ms Symes said the kids of Wallan will have the best start in life, as the Victorian Government invests in the early childhood sector by building new children’s facilities in the region.

“This sod turning marks the start of a great project that will improve the lives of Wallan families,” Ms Symes said.

“The integrated approach to early childhood education, health and children’s services, ensures the best outcomes for Victoria’s children and their families.

“The brand-new development, to be built next to Wallan Primary School, will provide 132 licensed places in its four-year-old kindergarten program and 40 licensed places in its three-year-old kindergarten program, helping to meet local demand,” Ms Symes said.

“By co-locating early learning centres and schools, there is a smooth transition for children as they move between kindergarten and prep.

“The new building will also house programs such as maternal and child health services, consulting rooms for family services, a multipurpose room and an outdoor play space.”

Construction of the Wallan Integrated Children’s Centre is anticipated to be completed late this year. The Victorian Government has contributed $3.7 million to the project.

The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – by strengthening our early childhood education services to give every child the best start in life.

The Government is also delivering up to $83.7 million over four years to support the implementation of improved educator-to-child ratios. The improved ratios mean staff can give more individual care and attention, and to develop more meaningful relationships with kids, which helps with leaning and social development.

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.