An Andrews Labor Government will expand kinder across Highton, so our littlest ones get the biggest head start and young families get the support they need.

Shadow Minister for Children Jenny Mikakos met with Labor’s candidate for South Barwon, Andy Richards, to discuss Denis Napthine’s cuts to our kinders and announce Labor’s plan to restore funding.

Labor will invest $1.6 million in Highton creating a new, double room kinder.

The new kinder will have a maternal child health service, parenting programs, and family support and early intervention services.

This is one of the first kinder projects announced under Labor’s $1.3 billion plan to make Victoria the education state.

Quotes attributable to Ms Mikakos

“Labor will support young families and their kids as they begin the most important years of their lives.” 

“Learning and playing in new, safe buildings with caring staff makes a big difference – in both the mind of every parent and the future of every child.” 

Quotes attributable to Mr Richards 

“Under the Liberals, life is getting harder for young families and our local kinders are falling apart.” 

“Labor’s plan to make Victoria the education state begins here in Geelong, fixing our kinders and helping our kids.”

Key Facts 

  • As part of Labor’s $1.3 billion plan to make Victoria the education state, Labor will invest $50 million to build and upgrade kinders across Victoria.
  • Labor’s commitment is reliant on the City of Greater Geelong also contributing to the development.
  • Denis Napthine’s last budget made no allocation for kinder capital over the next four years.