The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews government to provide more investment in early childhood education and care for families in Wycheproof.
During an adjournment debate in State Parliament recently, Ms Lovell highlighted the need for more early childhood educators in the Buloke Shire as well as doubts over the future of child care services in the town of Wycheproof.
During her contribution directed to the Minister for Education James Merlino, Ms Lovell also called for him to provide the grant the community has applied for to build a new integrated early childhood facility co-located with the Wycheproof Primary School, with the current facility over 50 years old and no longer meets the needs of the local community.
Early childhood services in Wycheproof are provided through the YMCA Ballarat who are facing significant challenges to attract sufficient early childhood educators, with the introduction of 15 hours of three old kindergarten in the Buloke Shire next year exacerbating the problem.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Every child deserves equal access to quality early childhood educational programs in quality facilities and every working mother deserves access to reliable childcare no matter where they live.
“The Andrews Government and James Merlino need to step up and fund more educators and approve the grant that will build a modern child care facility for the Wycheproof community.
“The lack of investment by the Andrews Labor Government is causing great uncertainty for the families of young children regarding the future provision of early childhood education and care in Wycheproof.”
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