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A+ RATING FOR REDEVELOPED CHILDREN’S CENTRE IN BAXTER

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today joined Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Bev Colomb, to open the Baxter Kindergarten and Children’s Centre upgrade. Ms Mikakos also announced that the centre has been awarded a rating of “Excellent” by the Australian Children’s Education and Care..

FAMILIES NEED CERTAINTY: NO MORE KINDER SURPRISES

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing the push against Tony Abbott’s haphazard and uncertain approach to early childhood education funding, which is leaving families in the lurch. Following a meeting of the nation’s Education Ministers in Brisbane today, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos,..

FUNDING OPENS TO BUILD KINDERS AND SUPPORT KIDS

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today invited local councils and kindergartens to apply for a share of $50 million in funding to develop modern and flexible early childhood centres across Victoria. The Andrews Labor Government is supporting families and communities. The Victorian Budget..

SERVICES FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN NEGLECTED BY THE LIBERALS

Early intervention services for vulnerable children and families under the Liberals failed to keep up with rising demand and an increasing complexity in cases, a new Victorian Auditor-General report reveals. The Auditor-General’s report, which was tabled in Parliament today, reviewed early intervention services in 2013-14..

BEST INTERESTS OF CHILDREN TO BE PROTECTED IN LAW

The power of the Children’s Court relating to restrictions on the making of protection orders for vulnerable children has been retained in legislation, fulfilling an election promise of the Andrews Labor Government. Today, important amendments have been introduced to the Children, Youth and Families Amendment..

TWO NEW YOUTH OFFICES FOR REGIONAL VICTORIA

Young people in regional Victoria will benefit from the opening of two new offices designed to connect them with education and community services, Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos, announced today. Ms Mikakos said the Victorian Budget 2015-16 provided $962,000 over two years to the..

EDUCATION APP GIVES PARENTS A NEW SCHOOLMATE

Victorian parents, carers and guardians will now have an easy way to get more involved in supporting their child’s education with the release of SchoolMate app, the first of its kind in Australia. SchoolMate has been developed for parents and caregivers by the Department of..

LABOR GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS EARLY LEARNING IN NORLANE

Member for Lara, John Eren, today joined City of Greater Geelong councillors to open the Norlane Child and Family Centre. The $5.2 million centre will support local families by offering services including kindergarten, maternal and child healthcare and immunisations. The Norlane Child and Family Centre..

HUGE BOOST TO CHILD PROTECTION WORKFORCE

A campaign to recruit more than 110 new child protection workers begins this week, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, announced today. While addressing social work and welfare students at RMIT University, Ms Mikakos said the Andrews Labor Government’s recent Victorian Budget 2015-2016 provided..

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR CHILD PROTECTION AWARDS

A new award to recognise the work of a leading child protection practitioner was announced today by Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos. The Robin Clark Leadership award has been created in memory of the visionary child protection worker Robin Dennis Clark, who greatly..

IMMEDIATE FUNDING BOOST FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE SERVICES

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $2 million in immediate funding to support agencies that provide housing assistance and counselling services to women and children who have experienced family violence. The funding has been allocated so that $1 million is immediately available to offer crisis..

BROADFORD KINDER TRANSFORMED

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today joined Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, to open the Mt Piper kinder extension in Broadford. The $648,000 upgrade has enabled the Mt Piper facility to more than double the number of four-year old kindergarten places on..

LABOR GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS EARLY LEARNING IN MELTON SOUTH

Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, today joined City of Melton Mayor Cr Sophie Ramsey and Member for Melton, Don Nardella, to open the Bridge Road Children’s and Community Centre in fast-growing Melton South. The $6.7 million centre will cater to local families by..

NEW PRESIDENT OF THE CHILDREN’S COURT

Attorney-General Martin Pakula today announced the appointment of Victorian Magistrate Amanda Chambers as the President of the Children’s Court and as a Judge of the County Court. Ms Chambers – who has more than 25 years of legal experience – will commence in the roles..

NOMINATIONS FOR EARLY YEARS AWARDS NOW OPEN

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Victorian Government Early Years Awards, the Minister for Children and Families, Jenny Mikakos, announced today. The awards, now in their tenth year, recognise the contribution that individuals and community partnerships have made to improving the health, learning, development..

GOOD MONEY IN THE BUDGET TO HELP FAMILIES IN NEED

The Andrews Labor Government is helping low-income families to meet cost of living pressures, by supporting accessibility to safe, affordable and responsible financial services. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, together with Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, visited the Good Money store in Dandenong..

BUDGET SUPPORTS YOUNG VICTORIANS TO BE THEIR BEST

The future of the Centre for Multicultural Youth and its offices in Ballarat and Morwell has been secured by the Andrews Labor Government’s first Budget. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, confirmed today that the Victorian Budget..