New jobs are being created and kids across Gippsland are receiving better care thanks to improved educator-to-child ratios, introduced on 1 January 2016.

The new ratio of one educator for every 11 children – down from one per 15 – means improved levels of attention and care, helping kids in Gippsland to get more out of their early years education.

Research shows that higher numbers of staff to children aged three to five years is associated with important social and learning outcomes, including increased literacy skills and general knowledge.

Kindergartens in Gippsland will get extra support with an additional 36 educators announced. Kinders continue their transition to the improved educator-to-child ratio, with the Andrews Labor Government providing extra resources to assist with strategic planning.

Around 120 kindergartens in Gippsland are now able to access expert financial advice to assist them in successfully continuing to adapt to the new requirements.

This advice will help kindergartens in Gippsland identify the best program and staffing models, to support the new ratio, and keep them strong and viable.

In addition, kindergartens will have access to a set of resources to help them with their budgeting and financial planning.

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering up to $83.7 million over four years to support the implementation of improved educator-to-child ratios.

The Government is providing workforce incentives and scholarships, and minor capital grants to increase room sizes and accommodate additional kindergarten places.

Boosting the quality of early years education and care is a key part of transforming Victoria into the Education State.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing:

“The new educator-to-child ratios are a win for Gippsland as we create new jobs and provide a better early education for our kids.”

“Our investments are helping our kindergartens thrive, and give kids in Gippsland a strong start in life – key for Victoria as the Education State.”