Archives for October, 2015

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NEW FREEZA GRANTS SUPPORTING YOUNG VICTORIANS

The Andrews Labor Government has today announced the successful FReeZA grant recipients as part of its $7.2 million FReeZA program over three years. Around 80 local government and community organisations across Victoria will share in $5.4 million worth of grants to support local young people..

2015 VICTORIAN EARLY YEARS AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

A program that helps new mothers facing mental health issues better understand their child’s needs and a service helping Corangamite children make healthier choices were among the winners of this year’s Victorian Early Years Awards. Held during National Children’s Week, the awards recognise early childhood..

WORKING TO BOOST KOORIE KINDERGARTEN PARTICIPATION

The Andrews Labor Government has launched a set of digital videos promoting the benefits of kindergarten to help boost Aboriginal participation in vital early childhood learning services. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos launched the videos at the Aboriginal Children’s Forum in Preston today..

PLAYGROUP FUNDING GIVES VICTORIAN KIDS A GREAT START

Victorian families will have better access to playgroups, with 41 new grants to help establish community playgroups announced today as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $50,000 Great Start Community Playgroup Fund. Grants of up to $1000 will help parents starting a new community playgroup..

NEW FUNDING TO KEEP CHILDREN OUT OF RESIDENTIAL CARE

The Andrews Labor Government is building on its commitment to ensure vulnerable children and young people live in home-based care by expanding its Targeted Care Package program. In March, the Labor Government announced $43 million to move children out of residential care and into home-based..

CHILDREN’S WEEK FUN HIGHLIGHTS RIGHTS OF VICTORIAN KIDS

Thousands of Victorian children and families are getting involved in activities and events across the State to celebrate national Children’s Week, running until Sunday 1 November. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today joined families and children at Scienceworks for the Little Kids’ Day In event..

CHILD SAFETY STANDARDS INTRODUCED TO HELP PREVENT ABUSE

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to implement all the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust inquiry, with legislation introduced in Parliament today for new mandatory Child Safe Standards. The new legislation will ensure all organisations that deal with children have appropriate..

BENDIGO SEX ASSUALT VICTIMS GET ONE-STOP SUPPORT CENTRE

Victims of sexual assault and child abuse in Bendigo will no longer be made to tell their story over and over thanks to a new centre that will give them one-stop support from police, child protection workers and counsellors. The Minister for Police Wade Noonan..

LABOR GOVERNMENT DELIVERS KINDERGARTEN UPGRADE BLITZ

Hundreds of Victorian kindergartens are set to increase their playroom sizes, recondition facilities and upgrade their IT hardware, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s election promise to invest $50 million in the early childhood sector. Visiting Erinwood Preschool in Frankston today, Minister for Families..

INNOVATIVE WAYS TO IMPROVE MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES

Innovation and creative thinking about Maternal and Child Health services are being encouraged to support vulnerable families at the early stages of a child’s life, under a $950,000 fund announced by the Andrews Labor Government. The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service Innovation Fund grant..

VICTORIANS ASKED WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU-TH?

Victorians are invited to have their say on how young people should be supported by the Andrews Labor Government, with the launch of the What’s important to YOUth? discussion paper today. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos launched the discussion paper today, which forms the..

EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPERTS HAVE THEIR SAY ABOUT THE EDUCATION STATE

Victoria’s leading authorities on early childhood health, learning and development have shared ideas about the future of the State’s early years services at a symposium at the State Library in Melbourne today, as part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Early Childhood Education State Consultation. Minister..

INITIATIVE ON TRACK TO HELP KEEP WOMEN AND CHILDREN SAFER

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with the job of delivering a Personal Safety Initiative for women and children who experience family violence, to help keep them safe in their own homes and communities. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos is asking family..

NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK 2016 GRANTS NOW OPEN

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting young Victorians with $187,000 in grants to celebrate National Youth Week in 2016. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos opened applications today for community organisations, local councils and schools to apply for one-off grants to help them celebrate young..

NEW STANDARDS KEEPING VICTORIAN CHILDREN SAFE

New mandatory Child Safe Standards that ensure all organisations dealing with children have appropriate responses in place for allegations of child abuse and misconduct have been released online. The Standards were developed in extensive consultation with around 160 government and community sector stakeholders. They equip..