As Narre Warren South students return to school, Judith Graley MP told parents that she was working hard to ease the pressure of school costs on the family budget.

Ms Graley visited Berwick Chase Primary School to meet some of the 129 new Preps and their families.

Ms Graley said it has been a costly and stressful week for local families, as many years’ worth of education cuts have taken away the support that so many parents relied on.

When the $150 million Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund is established, it will cover the increasing costs of these trips so the pressure is eased on the family budget.

To make sure all kids fit in and get the best start, the Andrews Labor Government will also partner with State Schools Relief to give uniforms and eye glasses to kids who need them, but whose parents can’t afford them.

A plan to establish Breakfast Clubs at disadvantaged primary schools across the state – to provide 25,000 free breakfasts a day – will keep our kids healthy and make things a bit easier for families.

Quotes attributable to Judith Graley

“This week should be a time of celebration for local families and their children, it is a unique moment in their lives and shouldn`t be wasted worrying about school costs,”

“That’s why we’re working hard to ease the financial pressure of this busy week, so parents have the support they need by this time next year, ”

“It was great to see the preps having so much fun under the guidance of their excellent
teachers at Berwick Chase Primary School,”

“Good luck to all the new preps, I have no doubt they will have a fantastic time and make their parents so very proud.”