KINDER UPGRADES TO SUPPORT ROMSEY AND RIDDELLS CREEK FAMILIES

Families in Romsey and Riddells Creek are closer to having the first-rate early years services they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas today visited Romsey Kindergarten to open its $600,000 expanded facilities.

The Romsey upgrade includes a new accessible entryway and an extension to the maternal and child health waiting room, new heating and cooling, and an upgrade to the disabled toilet.

The Labor Government provided Macedon Ranges Shire Council $330,000 towards the upgrade through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas also visited Riddells Creek Kindergarten to open its $410,000 expanded facilities.

The Riddells Creek upgrade includes a renovated front entrance to allow for greater access to the existing toy library, and better amenities with a new change table and a new disabled toilet. It also provides for increased space to allow more children to attend the kindergarten.

The Labor Government provided Macedon Ranges Shire Council $211,500 towards the upgrade through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant.

The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to come.

The Labor Government will invest more than $1.6 billion over the next decade to build approximately 785 new kinders and expand 170 existing services.

The upgrades are part of a $5 billion plan to ensure every Victorian child has access to at least five hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder by 2022, progressively scaled up to 15 hours per week over the next decade.

This will be the largest social, economic and educational reform ever undertaken in early childhood learning in Victoria’s history.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas

“Our government knows the importance of early childhood education, that’s why we’re making significant investments in kinders right across Macedon.”

“These exciting upgrades will give Romsey and Riddells Creek’s littlest residents an even better kindergarten experience.”