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20 Dec 2019

Boosting Early Years Facilities for Elsternwick Families

The Andrews Labor Government is building new and upgrading early learning facilities across the state, as it gets on with delivering universal Three-Year-Old Kinder.

Nina Taylor today announced Sholem Aleichem Preschool would receive a $500,000 grant to upgrade their kindergarten in Elsternwick.

The project includes:

  • remove asbestos
  • extend the kindergarten space to increase enrolments in the two four-year old rooms by six places
  • allow for the two kindergarten rooms to be used as on large open space, enabling children from the entire ELC to come together concerts and special events in a single space
  • feature small spaces for holistic learning, including 1:1 tuition for children with additional needs
  • move the children’s toilets to a better position, with line of sight to the playground
  • upgrade storage, food preparation and staff work areas
  • allow children with disabilities to be included and integrated, and provide a safer space for all children to learn, and
  • allow the programming of professional development, adult education, and children’s cooking and special events.

This will provide 18 additional kindergarten places for local families/improve the learning environment for children attending kinder.

This is part of the Labor Government’s $33.6 million investment in the 2019/20 Budget for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program and Inclusive Kindergarten Facilities Program.

Funding has been allocated through the program to build new and upgrade existing early years facilities to support the roll-out of funded three-year-old programs, as well as four-year-old kinder.

In an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing nearly $5 billion over the next ten years to deliver two years of funded kindergarten for all Victorian children.

The Government is also upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state in preparation for the roll-out of Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.

This is about ensuring Elsternwick families have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

“We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services as part of our historic $5 billion investment in delivering funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten.”

—Minister for Education James Merlino

“This is about boosting early learning facilities in Elsternwick and this exciting new project will ensure local children can get the most out of their time at kindergarten.”

—Member for Southern Metropolitan Nina Taylor

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