Families in Avenel have access to more kinder places and the first-rate early years services they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes today visited Avenel Preschool to open its $566,000 expanded facilities and announce a further $10,500 for minor refurbishment works and IT equipment.

The upgrade includes new kindergarten and maternal child health rooms, and an upgrade to the existing kindergarten room. The new funds will provide for removal of the old air conditioning system, installation of three new sky lights, and a smart TV and printer.

It will provide families access to an additional 38 kindergarten places.

The Labor Government provided Avenel Preschool $350,000 towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant.

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 Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

 “Avenel 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.”