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BOOSTING KINDER PLACES

Minister for Education James Merlino, joined by Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle, today visited Mount Pleasant Kindergarten to inspect the finishing touches to the $750,000 upgrade project.
The upgrade includes a second kindergarten room, providing an additional 33 kindergarten places for local families. The centre also has expanded bathroom facilities, additional storage and a brand-new foyer.
Mount Pleasant Kindergarten’s new space will be used for playgroups, occasional care and by other community groups outside of kindergarten hours.

The Labor Government provided $750,000 for the upgrade through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program major grant.
The Government has invested a record $123.6 million to build, expand and improve early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens.
The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to come.

This is part of the Labor Government’s massive $5 billion investment to deliver a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020.
This is part of the Government’s commitment to providing strong support in early childhood to ensure kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

“Building the Education State starts with the early years. Giving our kids the best start in life is one of the smartest investments we can make,” Mr Merlino said.
“We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so kids can get the most out of their kinder years – which will now begin a year earlier to make sure our kids are ready for school and ready for life.”

Member for Buninyong Michaela Settle added, “Mount Pleasant Kindergarten’s upgraded facilities will give local families more kinder places and access to the high quality early years education they deserve.”

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