Kindergarten year starts with improvements to benefit Diamond Creek families

The Member for Yan Yean, Danielle Green, has welcomed local kindergarten students into the new kinder year, saying changes will give kids more individualised attention than ever before.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing up to $83.7 million to help kindergartens meet the new staffing requirements, supporting eligible community-based kindergartens to hire additional staff.

Introduced on January 1st, the new ratios will mean one educator for every 11 children – down from one per 15 – giving kids more individual care and attention.

Ms Green said the Labor Government is also getting on with the job of building and upgrading new and existing kindergartens under its $50 million kinder improvements commitment.

“I’m pleased to announce Diamond Creek Occasional Child Care will receive a Minor Expansion Grant of $25,000 to enclose an outdoor area, giving the centre more space. I’m told the project is expected to create an impressive new indoor and outdoor play space,” she said.

Ms Green said in 2015, the Government fought hard to secure 15 hours of kinder for Victorian families, and this year will continue to push for the Turnbull Government to end the uncertainty and commit to funding beyond 2017.

“Early childhood development is at the heart of the Andrews Government’s vision to making Victoria the Education State,” she said.

“In 2016 we are delivering better services and strengthening the quality of our early years services so Diamond Creek kids get a great start in life,” Ms Green said.

“I wish all children starting kindergarten and their families a happy and successful year, as we get on with the job of delivering better local services so families get the most out of the Education State,” she said.