The Andrews Labor Government is helping meet the demands for kindergarten places in Hume.

Member for Yuroke Ros Spence today announced Hume City Council would receive a purpose-built new kindergarten building in time to enrol children for 2021.

The Labor Government is providing the new facility, which will be located at Toyon Road in Kalkallo, to support Hume City Council in the expansion of their existing service and will offer 66 additional kindergarten places. This is in addition to the Kalkallo-based kindergarten facility that the Government provided in 2019.

The modular kindergarten building will provide a high-quality learning environment for the children of Hume, while responding to the rapid population growth and immediate demand for kindergarten places. Modular kindergarten facilities are relocatable, providing Hume City Council with greater flexibility into the future.

In addition, this project will support the council as it prepares for the roll-out of the landmark Three-Year-Old Kindergarten reform in Hume in 2022.

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

The landmark reform started in six regional local government areas in 2020, with families in a further 15 regional LGAs to benefit in 2021 before access to an initial five hours per week is made available across the rest of the state in 2022.

As part of this roll-out, the Labor Government is upgrading infrastructure through a $1.68 billion co-investment with the early childhood sector to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state.

Quotes attributable to Member for Yuroke Ros Spence

“I’m thrilled that Kalkallo families will have access to more kinder places, ensuring that local kids get a great start to their education.”

“We’re delivering this new facility as part of our historic investment to deliver funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, which will benefit thousands of local families in our community.”