Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville recently announced that the State Government is investing $1.3 million for the City of Greater Geelong to build an integrated children’s centre in Drysdale as part of a total of $18 million in capital funding provided through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program.
Ms Neville said, “This exciting children’s hub will ensure Drysdale families can access quality early years and family services they need to help their children thrive.”
It is among 28 projects across Victoria to share in funding and will include a kindergarten, long day care, maternal and child health, consulting rooms, toy library and multi-purpose facilities
“We know that high-quality early years education and care are vital to giving children the best start in life, which is why the Government is investing in first-rate early learning facilities.” Ms Neville said.
The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a record $70 million to build, expand and upgrade early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens, including $10 million targeting growth areas.
Families are also set to benefit from the Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in this year’s Victorian Budget 2017/18.
This ground-breaking reform plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school.
It will mean parents can access improved parenting support and Maternal and Child Health Services, as well as higher quality and more inclusive kindergartens.