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Lovell slams funding decision on new Wycheproof kindergarten, calls for review by Minister

The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has slammed the Andrews Labor Government’s decision not to provide funding for a new early childhood learning centre in Wycheproof.

Speaking in State parliament last week, Ms Lovell said the current 50 year old kindergarten no longer met the needs of local Wycheproof families and called on Education Minister James Merlino to review his decision and provide a grant to help construct a new early childhood learning centre.

It was the second time in as many parliamentary sitting weeks that Ms Lovell had raised the currents issues surrounding early childhood education in Wycheproof, with the YMCA Ballarat currently struggling to attract additional childhood educators. This is compounded by the introduction of 15 hours of three year old kindergarten in the shire next year and without additional educators the provision of childcare in Wycheproof is under threat.

The Wycheproof community applied for a grant to build a modern facility co-located with the primary school but was informed last week that the application had been unsuccessful.

Ms Lovell congratulated the local kindergarten committee for their ongoing #ruralkidsmatter campaign to highlight the need for more investment from the Andrews Government in early childhood learning in Wycheproof.

Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:

“Because of a shortage of educators and a 50 year old kindergarten that does not meet the needs of children and families, Wycheproof needs greater investment in early childhood education by the Andrews Labor Government.

“Every Victorian child deserves equal access to quality educational programs in appropriate facilities no matter where they live.

“I call on the Minister to review his decision and provide the grant that will build a new early learning centre co-located with Wycheproof Primary School and also provide funding to assist with the recruitment of additional educators to secure the provision of childcare in this country community.

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