An upgrade to the Anglesea Kindergarten has increased the number of kindergarten places on offer to local families, and given the centre a fresh look.
Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney, joined Mayor of Surf Coast Shire Rose Hodge today to officially open the redeveloped Anglesea Kindergarten.
The $778,000 upgrade has allowed the centre to make significant improvements, including extending and refurbished its existing kindergarten room, building an additional
room for its kindergarten programs, and adding a large space consulting room that will be used to run a maternal and child health service. Outdoor areas have also been spruced up, with new equipment and a grassy play area installed.
The project has enabled the centre to increase its licenced capacity from 27 to 55
places across its three and four-year-old kindergarten programs, to meet growing demand for kindergarten services in the area.
The Victorian Government contributed $350,000 to the project, with the Surf Coast
contributing $328,000 and the kindergarten contributing $100,000.
The Andrews Labor Government is investing $50 million in the early childhood sector
through the building and upgrading of kindergartens and children’s centres.
Infrastructure projects such as these ensure local children’s services have the space and
flexibility they need to deliver 15 hours of kindergarten alongside a range of other vital early years programs.
The Labor Government is also delivering up to $83.7 million over four years to support the implementation of improved educator-to-child ratios from 2016.
Families are benefitting from improved staff-to-child ratios which will allow more
one-on-one time for every child and boost the value they receive from time spent at kindergarten in preparation for school.
Quotes attributable to Labor Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“This upgrade will almost double the kindergarten’s capacity – a win for local families of Anglesea.”
“Providing the very best in early childhood services greatly improves the life chances of every child, and that’s exactly what we are doing with this upgrade.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – which means
strengthening our early childhood services to give every child the best start in life.”