The Victorian Government is helping families in Donnybrook give their children the best start to life with a new early learning centre close to home.

A new two-room kindergarten is being built for the Donnybrook community on Eucalyptus Drive ─ increasing capacity for kinder children in the growing area by 132 places.

The kindergarten is being delivered with City of Whittlesea on the site of Hume Anglican Grammar. It is being built using modular construction and will be ready for new enrolments in 2022.

In a significant boost for the sector, the Government is fully funding the cost of delivering kindergartens using modular construction across the state ─ ensuring more kindergarten places are available in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas.

The new Donnybrook kindergarten will provide high-quality indoor and outdoor learning environments for local children as well as help to respond to the demand for additional kindergarten places as part of the landmark Three-Year-Old Kindergarten reform and rapid population growth.

Kindergartens that are delivered using modular construction are built in a factory, with installation and
commissioning occurring on site ─ reducing construction time compared to traditional on-site construction.

The new Wallan East Family and Children’s Centre in Mitchell Shire, which was supported by a $2.3 million Growing Suburbs Fund grant, was also constructed using a similar modular approach and opened for families in early 2021.

In an Australian-first, the Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs.

From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029.

As part of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has invested $1.68 billion to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state over this decade.

Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt

Making Victoria the Education State starts in the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in the first years of our kids’ education.”

“Creating more places for children to attend kindergarten and ensuring they have access to the best facilities across Victoria is vital to making sure they receive a world-class education in the early years.”

Quote attributable to Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green

“We are investing in the educational future of our next generation of learners to ensure they can access the best education close to home in Donnybrook.”