Thursday, 05 August, 2019

Families living in Wollert will soon be able to ditch the dreaded ‘double-drop off’ as the Andrews Government gets on with building kindergartens at all new primary schools.

Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny today visited the site of the new Edgars Creek Community Centre to turn the first sod on the $6.8 million facility.

The new centre includes three rooms for three and four-year-old kindergarten, two maternal and child health service rooms, and meeting spaces for community use.

The Andrews Government provided $1.6 million to City of Whittlesea towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant.

The new centre is located next door to the new Edgars Creek Primary School (interim name).  The new school and kinder are both set to open in 2021

Every new Victorian primary school being built from 2021 will have a kindergarten on-site or next door, reducing the burden on parents and helping to build the Education State.

All 10 primary schools set to open in 2021, including Edgars Creek Primary School and all six opening in 2022, will have a kindergarten either on site or next door.

The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with the Labor Government investing more than $1.68 billion over the next decade to support the construction and expansion of almost 1,000 kindergartens across the state to ensure three-year-old kids have the infrastructure they need to attend kinder.

This is part of the Labor Government’s $5 billion commitment to provide access to a full 15 hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020.

Under the education building boom, the Andrews Government is also investing $5.6 billion to open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school and get a great start in life.

Quotes attributable to Member for Thomastown Bronwyn Halfpenny

“Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why every new primary school being built from 2021 will feature a kindergarten on-site or next door, to ensure children can get continuity of education.”

“We’re already making sure Victorian kids get an extra year of kinder – and now we’re taking action so that the school drop-off is just that little bit easier for parents”

“This means children living in Wollert will not only get the best start to life at kinder, they’ll also get the most out of their primary education at a great new local school.”