Investment in early childhood kinder
LOCAL kids are set to benefit, as part of a massive investment into three-year-old kinder.
Almost $5 billion over the next decade will be invested under a reelected Labor Government, to deliver a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder, helping make sure local kids are ready for school and set for life.
It will mean every Euroa electorate child born will start kindergarten a year earlier under what the Labor government say is “the biggest social, economic and educational reform.”
The reforms will see three-yearold kinder rolled out to six regional local government areas (LGAs) by 2020, with Strathbogie Shire identified as one of the priority areas.
Labor candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler Morton has said as a mum I understand the importance of early education and how it can shape a child’s entire future.
“It’s why this extra year of kinder – and all the learning and play that comes with it – will make the world of difference to Euroa children and families,” Ms Deppeler Morton said.
“As this investment goes to show, only Labor will invest in the future of Euroa – and the future of our kids.”
The commitment is also set to help local families struggling with the cost of living, with recent research conducted by community service provider Uniting showing that nearly one in five families do not have their children enrolled in early learning because of the cost.
Under the new plan it will see around a quarter of Victorian families pay nothing at all.
Long-day-care will also benefit, with centres given funding to employ teachers in their three-year-old rooms.
Centres that make cost savings due to the investment will be required to pass any savings on to families.
They also plan to focus on infrastructure with the state’s biggest early education build, seeing almost 1000 new and upgraded kinders across the state.
The investment has already seen 2400 services providing kindergarten programs, a nearly 40 per cent bump in services across our state and is expected to create around 5000 construction jobs.
The government will aim to be working with councils and communities on their local kinder rollout from day one.