Construction is underway on the new Darley Early Years Hub, co-located next to Pentland Primary School, to bring high-quality early years education and care under the one roof for Darley families.
Labor Member for Melton Don Nardella joined Federal Member for Ballarat Catherine King today to help turn the first sod on the $4.1 million multi-disciplinary centre, which will provide 154 places in three- and four-year-old kindergarten programs to help meet growing demand in the area.
The facility will also accommodate a range of programs including maternal and child health services, occasional care, playgroups, a toy library, consulting rooms for family services and community meeting rooms.
Construction is expected to be completed in 2017. The Victorian Government has contributed $1.6 million to the project, with Moorabool Shire Council also contributing.
The Labor Government is investing $50 million in the early childhood sector through the building and upgrading of kindergartens and children’s centres.
Infrastructure projects such as these ensure local children’s services have the space and flexibility they need to deliver 15 hours of kindergarten alongside a range of other vital early years programs.
The Andrews Labor Government is also delivering up to $83.7 million over four years to support the implementation of improved educator-to-child ratios from 2016.
Families are benefitting from improved staff-to-child ratios which allows more one-on-one time for every child and boost the value they receive from time spent at kindergarten in preparation for school.
Mr Nardella said:
“This sod turning marks the start of a great project for a facility that will benefit Darley families.
The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State – which means strengthening our early childhood education services to give every child the best start in life.”
Ms King said:
“Providing an integrated approach to early childhood education, health and children’s services improves outcomes for children and makes it easier for families to access local services.”
Children and their families in Darley will greatly benefit from the opportunities and services this centre brings.”