A new era in early childhood learning and education will soon be upon us Australia. Research into early childhood education shows that 95 per cent of a child’s brain development happens by the age of five. The Universal Access Agreement will see kindergartens across the nation providing a mandatory 15 hours a week of education and learning to children in the year before they attend primary school.
Given such knowledge, the Victorian Coalition Government is committed to continuing to invest in early childhood infrastructure. Last week, along with the Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Wendy Lovell, I was happy to announce that Bestchance Child Family Care, situated in Waverley, will be one of the many early childhood development programs to receive funding from the Victorian Coalition Government’s latest investment in early childhood infrastructure.
Bestchance Family Care will receive a $300,000 grant, a combination of state and National Partnership funding; which is sure to be a huge helping hand towards their $486,666 refurbishment.
The building refurbishment aims to create a welcoming place for children, families and the community. Along with three- and four-year-old kindergarten, Bestchance will extend services such as early childhood intervention and supported playgroups.
This is great news for local children, not just now, but well into the future. Such news comes at a good time for Bestchance, considering the common effects of the Universal Access Agreement, with many other early childhood centres facing uncertainty as to whether they can continue their three-year-old kindergarten program due to increased time constraints.
These grants show just how committed the Victorian Coalition Government is to educating our youngest children and setting them up for a life full of endless learning possibilities with primary, secondary, tertiary education and beyond.