LABOR PLEDGE ON KINDERS AND KIDS GREAT NEWS FOR THE SOUTH EAST REGION

LABOR PLEDGE ON KINDERS AND KIDS GREAT NEWS FOR THE SOUTH EAST REGION

Posted on 16. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update, Election Media Release

A Labor commitment to provide a record package of support for young families, including $100 million to build up to 335 additional kinder rooms, providing more than 10,000 more kinder places, is great news for the South East Region.

Labor MP for Clayton Hong Lim said in addition to the $100 million, a future Labor Government would also provide a further $20 million for more Children’s Centres and 800 scholarships for early childhood professionals to upgrade their qualifications.  

“There are some great local kinders in this area and this package will help ensure these kinders can access support to meet increasing demand for places and new National requirements to increase four year-old kinder hours from 10 to 15 by 2013,” he said.

“This increased support will also be vital in ensuring three-year-old kinder programs are not lost and that’s why Labor is committed to ensuring that every child in Victoria has the opportunity to attend kinder.”

Mr Lim said the $120 million for kinder rooms and Children’s Centres was the single biggest injection of capital for early years services in Victoria ever.

“I am really proud that Labor has made this commitment which will help meet the needs of local families,” Mr Lim.

Mr Lim said that under Labor’s children’s policy there would also be grants available to expand local playgroups and for toy libraries to buy new resources.

“This comprehensive package shows Labor understands what families in the South East need and I look forward to working with local services to help them access this additional funding support.”

A future Labor Government would commit:

  • $100 million to build an extra 335 kinder rooms to create capacity for more than 10,000 extra kinder places;
  • $20 million to expand the network of integrated children’s centres;
  • $8 million for learning, play and equipment grants for every community-based kindergarten;
  • $3.5 million to extend the popular Young Readers Program to ensure all children are encouraged to read at home;
  • $6 million to expand playgroups, toy libraries and other programs that enhance the development of children under three; and
  • $4 million for scholarships to help 800 early childhood professionals upgrade their qualifications.

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