In­vest­ment in early child­hood kin­der

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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