My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Education and Minister for the Coordination of Education and Training: COVID-19, the Honourable James Merlino, MP.
The Andrews Labor government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access funded three-year-old kinder as the groundbreaking program rolls out across the state.
Thirteen projects across Victoria that will share in more than $13.8 million in the first round of capacity grants under the Building Blocks program have been announced, with a further 784 IT grants worth $1 million also announced this week.
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 will create additional places—as well as improve facilities and access to technology—for three- and four-year-old kinder providers across Victoria.
Grants are available to local governments and not-for-profit organisations delivering a funded kindergarten program.
This is part of the Labor government’s $5 billion investment in funded universal three-year-old kinder for all Victorian children—in an Australian first.
My question to the minister is: can the minister confirm if any kinders in my area of Western Metropolitan Region are a part of this program?