Acacia Avenue Preschool officially open following Govt funded major redevelopment works

by Freya Lucas

July 29, 2019

A $2.3 million investment by the Victorian Government has led to the official opening, on Friday, of the Acacia Avenue Preschool in the Victorian suburb of Mentone. 

 

Victorian Minister for Education James Merlino, Member for Mordialloc and Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson and Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny visited the preschool on 26 July 2019 to officially open the newly redeveloped building, located on the same site as the former preschool building. 

 

The City of Kingston was given $650,000 towards the new centre through a Children’s Facilities Capital Program grant. As a result of the upgrades, the kinder now offers an additional 38 kindergarten places for Mentone families, offering a total of 76 kindergarten places.

 

The new preschool includes two indoor early education spaces, an outdoor play area, multipurpose spaces, meeting rooms and allied health consulting rooms.

 

The not-for-profit Acacia Avenue Preschool is managed by a committee of volunteer parents and has provided local families with a kindergarten service for over 50 years.

 

The redevelopment of Acacia Avenue is part of the more than $1.68 billion committed by the Victorian Government over the next decade to build or upgrade approximately 1,000 kindergartens, supporting the $5 billion commitment to deliver 15 hours of three-year-old kinder to every Victorian child over the next decade, with the rollout beginning in 2020.

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