Benalla families will have access to more kinder places, with work set to begin on Ride Avenue Kindergarten.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited Ride Avenue Kindergarten to turn the sod on the $265,000 upgrade. The project includes renovation of existing buildings to increase accessibility and increase kindergarten places.

The Andrews Labor Government provided $198,000 towards the upgraded centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant.

Construction is expected to finish in December 2019 and will provide local families with young children access to additional kinder places.

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.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“This will give local families a first-rate early childhood facility and ensure their kids get the most out of kinder.”

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