Friday, July 8, 2022

Vic Govt partners with Hobsons Bay Council to build kinder

The Victorian Government is partnering with Hobsons Bay City Council to deliver better kinder facilities in the city’s southwest.

Minister for Early Childhood, Ingrid Stitt today announced the Government will co-contribute up to $5.8 million towards three new and expanded kindergartens under the Building Blocks Partnership, as part of its landmark Three-Year-Old Kindergarten reform.

The first stage includes the delivery of an extra 168 funded kindergarten places, to be operational by 2025. Kindergarten projects will be supported in Newport, Altona and Seabrook.

There is also in-principle support for a further state government contribution of up to $2 million for one more new kindergarten in the City of Hobsons Bay, to be delivered from 2026.

The projects are set to deliver more than 270 funded kindergarten places in total, in the City of Hobsons Bay by 2029.

Building Blocks Partnerships build on joint state government and council supply and demand forecasts via Kindergarten Infrastructure and Services Plans and agree funding for a forward pipeline of kindergarten projects, providing funding certainty for new and expanded kindergartens years in advance, the Minister said.

“We know how important it is to give our kids the best possible start, which is why we’re backing even more Building Blocks partnerships to support the successful roll-out of our landmark Three-Year-Old Kinder.”

The first Building Blocks Partnership was made with Wyndham City Council in September 2021 followed by another partnership with Melton City Council in February 2022.

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