The Andrews Labor government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access three-year-old kinder as the groundbreaking program rolls out across the state.

I’m pleased to announce that a new early learning centre will be built in Rosanna, thanks to a $1.5 million contribution from the Andrews Labor government in partnership with Goodstart Ltd.

The $4.47 million facility is estimated to be completed in late 2021, ahead of the statewide rollout of funded universal three-year-old kinder in 2022.

The old and substantial former Uniting Church venue in Bellevue Avenue will be the site of this important investment for Rosanna families. The kindergarten development will be a welcome enrolment feeder for places like Rosanna Primary School.

As a local Rosanna resident barely a block away, I know how important this investment is for local families.

The project is one of 13 across Victoria that the Minister for Education announced will share in more than $13.8 million in the first round of grants under the Building Blocks program.

The funding will deliver an integrated children’s centre, three new early learning facilities, two modular buildings, and seven kindergarten expansions across the state.

Together the projects will create new kinder places, as well as boosting local jobs and local businesses as these areas rebuild from the economic impacts of coronavirus.

The Building Blocks program creates additional places, as well as improving facilities and access to technology, for three- and four-year-old kinder providers across Victoria.

This is part of our Labor government’s $5 billion investment in funded universal three-year-old kinder for all Victorian children—in an Australian-first.