The Victorian Department of Education and Training says it is working closely with services, providers and local government to prepare for the roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten - including Buloke Shire Council.
"The Victorian Government is providing Buloke Shire Council with almost $1.2 million for the Charlton and District Kindergarten and almost $1.2 million for Sea Lake Kindergarten," a department spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said the funding was "the first of many opportunities for service providers and local governments to apply for capital grants to support them to expand their kindergarten programs.
"Three-year-old kindergarten is the largest reform the early childhood sector has ever experienced, and rolling it out will take time," they said.
WYCHEPROOF has missed out on funding for a new pre-school centre.
Families are demanding answers about why the application was "deemed unworthy".
The community has been campaigning for a new centre, with efforts ramping up ahead of the roll-out of the state government's early childhood education reforms.
Funded three-year-old kindergarten is to be delivered in six Victorian shires next year, including Buloke.
With mere months until the program starts in Wycheproof, the community says a short-term funding commitment is critical in its endeavour to retain and support families.
"This contradiction of the roll-out scheme tagline, which seeks to 'prioritise rural Victoria', will not be accepted by our community," a statement said.
"Our kids deserve better. Our kids matter, too."
Wycheproof mothers last week resorted to some daring photography in a bid to raise awareness for the need for a new pre-school.
Standing naked in a barley field with a camera on timer, Wycheproof Preschool Parent Advisory Group president Tessa Coles said the women created a picture people wouldn't go past.
"It really is desperate times, desperate measures," Mrs Coles said.
She said they were sick of not hearing back and not being heard.
The image went vital, and the story with it. Yet, the community claims the funding bid was 'not strong enough' for the state government.
Mrs Coles said there were a number of reasons why the community had been advocating for a new pre-school.
"The building is well and truly past its use-by date," she said.
She said there was only one desk for staff to use and no room for separate sleeping quarters for the children, or a safety lockdown area.
"It's full of asbestos," Mrs Coles said.
"There are so many things."
The site itself also had its challenges, being on one of the busiest streets in Wycheproof.
The advisory group keen to see a new preschool built on the school grounds to ease the transition from early years.
"We believe a new building would help retain and attract staff," Mrs Coles said.
"We're onto our fifth teacher this year."
The community is struggling with insecure childcare, which the service provider has previously attributed to staff shortages.
We don't just want a 'no', we want to know why it's a no.Tessa Coles, Wycheproof Preschool Parent Advisory Group president
Mrs Coles said there was hope for improvement, with talk of daycare and kindergarten being offered on alternating days and with extended service hours.
There is a waitlist for both kindergarten and daycare within the community.
The state government announced more than $1 million for preschools in both Sea Lake and Charlton while Wycheproof was waiting on the results of its funding application.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp, announced $1.152m for for major refurbishments and an extension at Sea Lake Kindergarten in October.
Premier Daniel Andrews visited Charlton earlier this month, announcing both a $9.2m package to support early childhood teachers and $1.2m the redevelop the Charlton and District Kindergarten.
Mrs Coles said the community would keep trying for a new pre-school centre.
More to come.
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