North Melbourne families will have access to more kinder places, with work set to begin on Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre.

Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos today visited Lady Huntingfield Children’s Centre to turn the sod on the $12 million upgraded and expanded children’s centre. The project includes expansion of the centre, two new kinder rooms, a co-located Maternal and Child Health Service, and two new multipurpose rooms.

The Andrews Labor Government provided the City of Melbourne $1.6 million towards the centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant.

Construction is expected to finish in June 2020 and will provide local families with young children access to additional kinder places.

The state’s biggest early education build will continue over the coming years, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to come.

The Labor Government will invest more than $1.6 billion over the next decade to build approximately 785 new kinders and expand 170 existing services.

This is part of a $5 billion plan to ensure every Victorian child has access to at least five hours of subsidised three-year-old kinder by 2022, progressively scaled up to 15 hours per week over the next decade.

It will be the largest social, economic and educational reform ever undertaken in early childhood learning in Victoria’s history.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Region Jenny Mikakos

“This will give local North Melbourne families a first-rate early childhood facility and ensure their kids get the most out of kinder.”

“Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investments in early childhood services.”