Families to benefit from new community hub

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The Member for Ivanhoe, Mr Anthony Carbines, was today joined by the Banyule City Mayor to open the $2.09 million Olympic Village Child and Family Centre in Heidelberg West. 

The centre will offer local families 66 four-year-old kindergarten places, Maternal and Child Health services, long day care, and a space for playgroups and other community activities.  Integrating these services with kinder programs co-ordinates quality education, support and resources, and provides flexibility and convenience for children and families.

 “This project is a strong example of the Victorian Government and Heidelberg West community working together to provide the best educational outcomes for local kids and
support to their families”, Mr Carbines advises. 

 The project has been co-funded, with the Department of Health and Human Services contributing $500,000;  $840,000 coming from the Department of Education and Training’s Children’s Facilities Capital Program, and; Banyule City Council contributing  750,000.

 “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 investing $50 million investment in the early childhood sector through the building and upgrading of kindergartens and children’s centres across Victoria”, Mr Carbines added.

 The Labor Government is also providing up to $83.7 million over four years in additional funding to support kindergartens to transition to new staff qualification and ratio requirements.

 “Families will benefit from improved staff-to-child ratios from 1 January 2016, which will allow more one-on-one time for every child and boost the value they receive from time spent at kindergarten in preparation for school”, Mr Carbines concluded.

 Quotes attributable to Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines:

“This new centre will meet the demand for services, and give local families the quality
facilities and programs their kids deserve.”

 “Bringing services together in a convenient one-stop community hub makes sense for families and children.”

 “High-quality, affordable children’s services must be available for local families, no matter where they live or what their circumstances may be.”

 “To make Victoria the Education State, the Andrews Labor Government is working to boost the quality of our early childhood services.”