Adjournment: Early Childhood Education Facilities

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (19:16:36): (200) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is for the minister to provide me with an update on the Andrews Labor government’s investment in additional early childhood education facilities and programs in my electorate. As the minister is aware, the Yuroke electorate is a community of choice for many young families. Indeed over 1700 children started prep across the Yuroke electorate in 2019. Prior to the last election the Andrews Labor government promised to introduce universal three-year-old kinder and build or upgrade almost 1000 kinders across the state. This massive commitment will help families in the Yuroke electorate save thousands of dollars every year and give every child the opportunity that they deserve to get a great start in life and be ready for school. Importantly, it will also ensure that there are great facilities for our kids to learn in. This is particularly vital in Melbourne’s outer north where our suburbs are experiencing very substantial population growth. I thank the minister for his work in this space, and I am sure there are many local mums and dads in my electorate who will be very interested in hearing his response.