08 October 2021

The Andrews Labor Government is helping families in Tarneit give their children the best start to life, with a new early learning centre close to home.

Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly today announced construction is complete at the new early learning service at Dianella Community Centre ─ built with capacity for 132 four-year-old and 88 three-year-old kindergarten enrolments to start in Term 1, 2022, helping to meet the growing demand for three-and four-year-old kindergarten in the area.

The project includes three kindergarten rooms, maternal and child health consulting rooms, community rooms, outdoor activity spaces such as a playground, a half basketball court, BBQ area and amphitheatre.

The project received $2 million in government support from the Children's Facilities Capital Program Major Grants program and $2 million from the Growing Suburbs Fund. Wyndham City Council also provided more than $5.1 million towards the project.

In an Australian-first, the Government is investing almost $5 billion this decade to provide three-year-old children with access to an additional year of funded kindergarten programs.

From 2022, three-year-old children across the state will have access to at least five hours of kindergarten. Services will then scale up their hours to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029.

As part of the Three-Year-Old Kindergarten roll-out, the Victorian Budget 2021/22 has invested $1.68 billion to build and expand kindergarten facilities across the state over this decade.

Quote attributable to Member for Tarneit Sarah Connolly MP

“We are investing in the educational future of our next generation of learners to ensure they can access the best education close to home in Tarneit West.”

“I’m delighted that Tarneit families and their children have the opportunity to access this brand new centre and get the education they deserve.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt

Making Victoria the Education State starts in the early years – that’s why we’re delivering unprecedented investment in the first years of our kids’ education.”

“Creating more places for children to attend kindergarten and ensuring they have access to the best facilities across Victoria is vital to making sure they receive a world-class education in the early years.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Local Government and Suburban Development Shaun Leane

“We are making sure that rapidly-growing local communities get the facilities they deserve ─ this new early learning centre is a great service for Tarneit families and their children.”