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More preschool places for Frankston South families

Families in Frankston South will benefit from greater access to high quality kindergarten services with the $1.5 million upgrade of Delacombe Park Kindergarten.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Wendy Lovell alongside Liberal candidate for Frankston Sean Armistead today today visited the service to announce $350,000 in Victorian Coalition Government funding for the upgrade, adding to Frankston City Council’s $1.15 million.

The project will transform the existing kinder into a double unit facility at the Overport Road site, allowing the centre to extend its kindergarten programs to 42 places for more local children.

Ms Lovell said the project was a key investment in the future of Frankston South.

“Delacombe Park Kindergarten will soon have the facilities it needs to ensure current and future generations of local children have access to an excellent early childhood education in the years before school.

“Improving the quality of early years facilities and boosting access to services through our grants program is part of the Coalition Government’s plan to make Victoria a world leader in children’s learning and development.

“The Coalition Government has invested $1.65 million in the City of Frankston region through record investments in early childhood infrastructure.”

Ms Lovell said the capital grants were designed to enable Victoria to deliver on the goals outlined in the Victorian Early Years Strategic Plan, which was launched in March this year.

“Becoming a global leader in the early years means better connecting families with services, improving support for vulnerable families, and increasing our focus on learning for every child from day one.”

Since December 2010, the Coalition Government has invested $106 million to build and upgrade children’s centres across Victoria.

Other key investments for Victoria’s children include:

  • $78.9 million in maternal and child health services to provide free 10 Key Age and Stage checks for all Victorian families with children from birth to school age;
  • $38.8 million for 1,150 Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS) places to support children with a disability or development delay from birth until school; and
  • $30 million to support the early childhood workforce through a range of scholarships, incentives and professional development opportunities.
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