Posted on 18. Nov, 2010 in Clayton Update, Election Media Release

Labor Member for Clayton Hong Lim today said he would work with local councils and kindergarten committees of management to help Clayton electorate kinders access funding from Labor’s record $100 million package for kinder upgrades.

“Under a future Labor Government, grants of up to $300,000 will be available for at least 335 Victorian kinders to expand facilities to meet growing demand and I will be lobbying for funding for my local community,” Mr Lim said.

“Earlier this month the Brumby Labor Government provided up to $20,000 to every local council in Victoria for planning work to prepare for the National move from 10 to 15 hours of kinder in 2013.

“I will be working with kinders and the local council to ensure that work includes applications for upgrades for local kinders under Labor’s $100 million kinder package.

“I recognise there is growing demand for places and I’m committed to helping local services expand.”

Mr Lim said Labor’s kindergarten package includes $100 million to build up to 335 additional kinder rooms, providing at least 10,000 more kinder places.

“Kinder is an important step in a child’s development and I know being able to access quality kinder programs is important to local families,” he said.

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

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.  

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

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

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