The Andrews Labor Government is improving early childhood services in Ivanhoe, with children and families benefiting from upgrades to make Fairy Hills Kindergarten more inclusive for children of all abilities.

Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the community run kinder to open its $734,000 upgrade.

The upgrade includes an inclusive playground to allow for children of all ability levels to play together, with specially designed play equipment, seamless and fully accessible connections between indoor and outdoor areas and improved bathrooms and water stations.

The Labor Government provided Fairy Hills Kindergarten Inc $350,000 towards the upgrade through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant, and Banyule City Council also contributed funding.

Labor has invested more than $1.68 billion in Victoria’s largest early education building program, with almost 1,000 new and upgraded kinders to be delivered across the state.

This is part of the Government’s $5 billion commitment to deliver a full 15 hours of three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020.

This upgrade ensures that Banyule families have access to stronger support in early childhood, so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino MP

“The early years are crucial to ensure kids are on the right path. That’s why we are delivering Victoria’s largest investment into early childhood education in our state’s history.”

“These are the inclusive and state-of-the-art facilities that our children need and our families deserve.”

Quotes attributable to the Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines MP

“Ivanhoe families will reap the benefits of this upgrade so that children will get the best out of kinder.”