An Andrews Labor Government will build new kindergartens across Ballarat, 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 local Labor MPs Sharon Knight and Geoff Howard to discuss Denis Napthine’s cuts to our kinders and announce Labor’s plan to restore funding.

Labor will invest $1.6 million in a new Early Years Centre in Sebastopol. It will be a one stop shop for young families, housing a kindergarten, maternal and child health services and a room for playgroups.

Labor will also invest $350,000 to extend Iris Ramsay Kindergarten with an additional room allowing for the centre to establish a dedicated three year old kinder program.

These are 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 Ms Knight, Labor Candidate for Wendouree 

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

Quotes attributable to Mr Howard, Labor Candidate for Buninyong 

“Labor’s plan to make Victoria the education state begins here in Ballarat, 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.
  • Denis Napthine’s last budget made no allocation for kinder capital over the next four years.