A new two-room kindergarten is being built on Eucalyptus Drive, Donnybrook, increasing capacity for kinder children in the growing area by 132 places.

The kindergarten is being delivered by the State Government and the City of Whittlesea on the site of Hume Anglican Grammar. It is being built using modular construction and will be ready for new enrolments in 2022.

The State Government is fully funding the cost of delivering kindergartens using modular construction across the state, ensuring more kindergarten places are available in Victoria’s fastest-growing areas.

Kindergartens using modular construction are built in a factory, with installation and commissioning occurring on site, reducing construction time compared to traditional on-site construction.

The new Wallan East Family and Children’s Centre in Mitchell Shire, which was supported by a $2.3 million Growing Suburbs Fund grant, was also constructed using a similar modular approach and opened for families in early 2021.

The Donnybrook kindergarten will provide indoor and outdoor learning environments as well as help to respond to the demand for additional kindergarten places.

Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green said the facility was welcomed in the high-growth area.

“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 Donnybrook,” she said.

The State Government is investing almost $5 billion 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.

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