New kindergarten to benefit Noble Park families
A new kindergarten will be built in Noble Park as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s promise to invest $50 million in the early childhood sector.
Member for Keysborough, Martin Pakula said the Labor Government had allocated $650,000 to establishing a new early learning facility at St Anthony’s Primary School allowing the school community to deliver vital kindergarten programs for local children.
St Anthony’s Early Learning Facility will be a two room facility licenced for four year olds and three year olds. It will provide a kindergarten program and have the capacity to be used for early intervention, playgroup and maternal and health care nurses. The facility is to be co-located with St Anthony’s Primary School in Noble Park.
This grant will help give Noble Park families flexible, accessible and affordable early learning and care services.
Through investments like this the Government is delivering infrastructure to areas with the strongest demand for high-quality early education and care services.
The Government is also providing up to $83.7 million over four years in additional funding to support the implementation of improved educator-to-child ratios from 1 January 2016.
Families will benefit from improved ratios, which will allow more one-on-one time for every child and boost the value they receive from time spent at kindergarten in preparation for school.
Quotes attributable to Member for Keysborough, Martin Pakula
“We are delivering on our election commitment and getting on with the job of improving access to high-quality early childhood education and family services for families in Noble Park.”
“This is an investment in our future, which will help meet the growing demand for kindergarten places in our community, giving children the right education outcomes.”
“This is great news for both the St Anthony’s and Noble Park community.”
Quotes attributable to St Anthony’s Primary School principal, Marg Batt
“We are very excited about the allocation of funding for this project.”
“This will complete the cycle of education from Playgroup to Primary School at St Anthony’s.”
“We are thankful for the support of the State Government and our local member Martin Pakula.”
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