Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today officially opened the revitalised Rokewood Children’s Service.
The upgrade of $386,333 has seen a new room for its kindergarten program and boosted the number of licensed places in its three- and four-year-old kindergarten program by 15.
The refurbishment has seen the addition of a new staff room, children’s toilets, disabled toilets, storage area and lift, as well as significant improvements to its outdoor play area.
The Rokewood upgrade has also allowed for Maternal and Child Health services to co-locate with the kindergarten and occasional care programs, providing a one-stop-shop
Integrating these services with kinder programs co-ordinates quality education, support and resources and provides flexibility and convenience for children and families.
The Victorian Government contributed $228,350 towards the Rokewood centre’s upgrade. The Golden Plains Shire contributed $107,983 to the project. The centre itself contributed $50,000.
As part of the commitment to make Victoria the Education State, the Government is delivering up to $83.7 million to help kinders transition to improved staff-to-child ratios.
The improved ratios are allowing staff to give more individual care and attention, and to develop even more meaningful relationships with kids, leading to better social and learning outcomes.
The Government is also investing $50 million in the early childhood sector, and building and upgrading children’s facilities to support families and give kids the best start in life.
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.
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – and this starts with giving every child the best start in life.”
“An integrated approach to early childhood education, health and children’s services, provides the best outcomes for Victoria’s children and their families.”
“This is a great outcome for the families of Rokewood. High-quality, affordable children’s services must be available for all families, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be.”