The Andrews Labor Government is investing in early childhood in Gisborne by building new facilities to support local families and give children the best start in life.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today opened the new playground at Swinburne Avenue Children’s Centre in Gisborne – a $130,000 election commitment.

The outdoor area includes a new dry creek bed and vegetable garden. The space has been designed to promote exploration, link existing play spaces and help children play and connect to the environment.

Swinburne Avenue is a two room kindergarten offering 112 places in its four-year-old kindergarten program. The centre also offers 44 places in its three-year-old kindergarten program.

The Government contributed $120,000 towards the centre’s upgrade with Macedon Ranges Shire Council contributing $10,000 to the project.

We are investing $60 million in the early childhood sector through by building and upgrading kindergartens and children’s centres.

Infrastructure projects like 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.

We are making Victoria the Education State – this starts with giving every child a strong start in life.

Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State in some of Victoria’s fastest growing areas. We’re ensuring that children have access to early childhood services no matter where they live.”

“High-quality early years education and care are vital to giving every child the best start in life. That’s why this Government is transforming early childhood services.

“Investments like this will pay enormous dividends to local families in our community for years to come.”