Early childhood education
I rise to inform the house on how the Andrews Labor government is building the Education State in Victoria and delivering high‑quality early learning facilities for families and children across the state. Recently I was proud to join with the Premier and the local member for Sunbury in the Assembly, Josh Bull, to announce the co‑location of a new integrated early learning centre at Sunbury Heights Primary School.
So far our government has invested $76.4 million to support local governments and other service providers to invest in early childhood infrastructure in order to provide kindergarten programs alongside other key services such as maternal and child health and playgroups. This includes $10 million to address early years demand in high‑growth areas. This new centre in Sunbury was one of the projects funded as part of the government’s further $10 million commitment to build early childhood facilities on government school sites in the last budget. It will form part of a super‑site for the local Sunbury community as it will exist as part of a shared facilities hub to be built between Sunbury Heights Primary School and Sunbury Downs College next door. The project will include new kindergarten rooms and family services, making drop‑off times easier for parents and the transition from kinder to primary school to high school easier for children.
The announcement of this centre follows previous announcements I have made to establish new integrated early learning centres at Morwell Central Primary School and more recently at Footscray City Primary School. The co‑location of these facilities has many benefits, including making drop‑off times easier for parents of young children but also providing greater support for children in their transition for kinder to school. I am proud of our government’s investment in the early years so that kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.