The Andrews Labor Government is helping more Yuroke families and children access the first-rate early childhood services they deserve under the one roof, through a major investment in children’s centre infrastructure.

Member for Yuroke Ros Spence today announced that the Andrews Labor is investing $1.6 million for Hume City Council to build an integrated children’s centre in Greenvale, as part of a total of $18 million in capital funding provided through the Children’s Facilities Capital Program.

It is among 28 projects across Victoria to share in funding and will be a flexible, multipurpose space for children, families and the local community, providing maternal and child health services, a specialist consulting room and multipurpose activity space.

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering a record $70 million to build, expand and upgrade early years infrastructure across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens, including $10 million targeting growth areas.

Research shows that children who have a stimulating, supportive and healthy start to life are more likely to do well later in life, while children who attend kinder score between 10 and 20 points higher on NAPLAN tests.

Yuroke families are also set to benefit from the Government’s $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in this year’s Victorian Budget 2017/18.

This ground-breaking reform plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school.

It will mean parents can access improved parenting support and Maternal and Child Health Services, as well as higher quality and more inclusive kindergartens.