UPGRADING KINDERS IN ROMSEY AND RIDDELLS CREEK
The Andrews Labor Government is helping more families and children benefit from better early learning facilities through a major investment in children’s centre infrastructure.
Mary-Anne Thomas MP today announced that the Andrews Labor Government is investing $541,500 for significant upgrades to Riddells Creek and Romsey kindergartens as part of a total of $18 million in capital funding provided through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program.
The upgrades are among 28 projects across Victoria to share in funding and will include:
$211,500 for Riddells Creek Kindergarten for a major refurbishment of the facility that will increase the licensed capacity to meet expected growth in the area. Accessibility to the kindergarten will also be improved.
$330,000 for Romsey Kindergarten to reorientate the entrance and create dual access to both the kindergarten and primary school, forming an education precinct and improving opportunities for partnership and integration.
The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a record $70 million to build, expand and upgrade early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens, including $10 million targeting growth areas.
Research shows that children who have a stimulating, supportive and healthy start to life are more likely to do well later in life, while children who attend kinder score between 10 and 20 points higher on NAPLAN tests.
Families in Riddells Creek and Romsey are also set to benefit from the Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in this year’s Victorian Budget 2017/18.
This ground-breaking reform plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school.
It will mean parents can access improved parenting support and Maternal and Child Health Services, as well as higher quality and more inclusive kindergartens.