Expanding Kindergarten Places For Dandenong Ranges Families

Families in the Yarra Ranges will have access to bigger and better kindergartens, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today visited Kallista Kindergarten to officially open the new expanded centre, cutting a special paper-chain celebratory ribbon created by children at the kinder.

The $250,000 upgrade will improve the quality of the service’s facility, fix accessibility issues and expand and improve programs the kinder can offer local families.

It includes renovating the centre’s veranda, and building a new accessible entrance, a new larger administration area office suitable for family consultations, and upgrading bathrooms and storage areas.

Kallista Kindergarten runs kinder programs for three and four year-old children and can accommodate up to 48 children.

The Government is delivering a record $70 million to build, expand and upgrade kinders across Victoria to ensure local families can continue to access great local kindergartens.

Yarra Ranges families will also benefit from the Government’s $202 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, announced in this year’s Budget.

This ground-breaking reform plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder and ready for school.

It will mean local parents can access improved parenting support and Maternal and Child Health Services, as well as higher quality and more inclusive kindergartens.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Our unprecedented investment in early childhood services is supporting children and families and ensuring that every child gets access to quality early years programs.”

“We’re investing in first-rate education facilities for Yarra Ranges families because having great facilities makes a big difference to children’s lives.”

Media Contact: John Ronan 0408 542 547 | John.Ronan@minstaff.vic.gov.au

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