Today I was joined by the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, to officially open the new Korin Korin Child and Family Centre in Wollert.

The new $4.15 million centre will offer 198 places across its 3 and 4 year old kindergarten program. The hub brings family services and kindergarten under the one roof, including a maternal and child health consulting room, a meeting room and space that can be used by playgroups and parenting groups. It also includes a landscaped outdoor play area.

The Victorian Government contributed $1.6 million towards the hub, with the City of Whittlesea Council also contributing. The Andrews Labor Government is investing $60 million to build and upgrade kindergartens and children’s centres, including a $10 million boost in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 for high-growth areas including Whittlesea.

Infrastructure projects such as 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.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – which means building early years facilities meet demand in our fastest growing communities. Hubs like Korin Korin meet the needs of the community, with flexible program and meeting spaces that provide for all.”