STATE Children and Early Childhood Development Minister Wendy Lovell has guaranteed no three-year-old kindergarten program will close, despite the federal government making 15 hours of four-year-old kinder mandatory from next year.
Ms Lovell said yesterday the state government would work with kindergartens to ensure both programs were sustainable, including postponing the introduction of longer four-year-old hours if needed.
"There will be no impact on three-year-old kinder," Ms Lovell said.
"We are keen to keep all three-year-old programs operating."
Ms Lovell was at the Brown Hill Kindergarten announcing more than $40 million of investments into early childhood infrastructure.
The Brown Hill Kindergarten will get a $300,000 renovation and refurbishment grant, while Wendouree and Yuille Park child services and Mt Clear and Buninyong kindergartens will also benefit.
"It's wonderful to be here at Brown Hill to let the community know about this particular kindergarten's funding, which is great news for local children, not just now, but well into the future."