The Andrews Labor Government is improving early childhood services on the Bellarine, with work starting on the exciting Drysdale Integrated Child and Family Centre.

Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville, today turned the first sod of the $ 13,320,000 new kinder which will increase capacity at the kindergarten and improve its facilities.

This includes a long day child care facility, a four year old kindergarten, a maternal child health consulting suite, a multipurpose and consultation rooms, a toy library and parent lounge.

Construction is expected to finish in December 2019 meaning local families with young children can access the service by February 2020.

The Labor Government provided $1.6 million for the project, with the City of Greater Geelong contributing $11,720,000.

The State Government is delivering 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.

Bellarine families will also benefit from the Labor Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan.

This reform plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

It will mean local parents can access improved parenting support and Maternal and Child Health Services, as well as higher quality and more inclusive kindergartens.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine, Lisa Neville

“We’re investing in first-rate early childhood facilities across our state, including here in Drysdale, so our children can access great local kindergartens with first-rate facilities.”

“We’re improving early childhood facilities in Bellarine because having great facilities makes a big difference to children’s lives.”