More children in Malvern East can now benefit from high quality early years services with the opening of the $785,000 upgrade to Sunnyside Kindergarten, Member for Malvern Michael O’Brien said today.
Joined by local families to officially open the upgrade, which has increased the centre’s capacity from 28 to 57 places, Mr O’Brien said today’s opening is a real milestone for the local community.
“Today’s opening marks the completion of a project that meets demand for early years services and allows more families to easily access kindergarten, maternal and child health (MCH) and other family services in the one convenient location.
“The Victorian Coalition Government invested $300,000 in the project, adding to $400,000 from Stonnington Council and the $85,000 raised by the Sunnyside Kindergarten community.
“Today’s opening is the result of hard work from a range of partners, and testament to what can be achieved when State Government, council and the community work together.
“Investing in early years infrastructure is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s plan to make Victoria a world leader in children's learning and development,” Mr O’Brien said.
Renovations at Sunnyside Kindergarten included upgrades to the foyer and the addition of new preschool room and multi-purpose consulting rooms, which will be used by the local MCH outreach service and other community groups.
“Victoria already leads the nation in early childhood education and care, and by improving facilities and increasing access to services, we are making Victoria an even better place for families to raise their children,” Mr O’Brien said.
Since December 2010, the Victorian Government had invested $120 million to build or upgrade over 300 Victorian children’s centres, creating more than 8,500 new kindergarten places and generating hundreds of jobs in building, construction and related industries.
Much of this investment has flowed directly to families in Melbourne’s south east, supporting them to give their children the very best start in life.