Gisborne families will soon have access to first-class kindergarten facilities, with work underway on upgrades to Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten.

Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas, today announced that work has commenced on the centre’s $735,000 upgrade which will see an extension of the existing building, new shared office space, child amenities, storage and a meeting room for parents, staff and health professionals.

The project is being delivered in partnership with Macedon Ranges Shire Council, with the Andrews Government investing $500,000 through the 2019/20 Children’s Facilities Capital Program, and the Shire contributing $235,000.

Construction is expected to finish in September this year – and will provide local families with young children access to an additional seven kinder places.

The Labor Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to come.

The is 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 MP

“This project will give local Gisborne families a first-rate early childhood facility, ensuring kids get the most out of their time at kinder.”

“Upgrades to Swinburne Avenue Kindergarten will deliver inclusive and supportive environment – making sure no child gets left behind.”