The Government of Victoria has announced a new partnership with the Hobsons Bay Town Council to provide better, more welcoming facilities and more places for children.
Victoria’s Minister for Early Years, Ingrid Stitt, has announced that the government will contribute up to $5.8 million to three new and expanded kindergartens as part of the Building Blocks Partnershipas part of its reform of 3-year-old kindergarten.
This first stage includes the delivery of 168 additional funded kindergarten places, operational by 2025. Kindergarten projects will be supported in Newport, Altona and Seabrook.
There is also support in principle for an additional state government contribution of up to $2 million for an additional new kindergarten in the town of Hobsons Bay, to be delivered from 2026. The projects will provide more than 270 kindergarten places funded in total in the Town of Hobsons Bay by 2029.
Building block partnerships draw on joint supply and demand forecasts from state and council government through the Kindergarten Infrastructure and Service Plans and agree funding for a pipeline of kindergarten projects, providing funding certainty for new and expanded kindergartens years in advance.
The first one Building Blocks Partnership was made with Wyndham City Council in September 2021 followed by another partnership with Melton Town Council in February 2022, outlining specific projects and funding through a streamlined grants process that builds on supply and demand forecasts from kindergarten infrastructure and service plans.