Archives for March, 2016

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GRANTS TO IMPROVE KINDERGARTENS IN THE EDUCATION STATE

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting kinders across Victoria with grants to upgrade kindergarten facilities and to improve services they offer families and children. The grants, with applications now open, form part of the Labor Government’s election commitment to invest $50 million to build and..

SAFE AND STABLE HOMES FOR MORE THAN 100 YOUNG PEOPLE

More than 100 vulnerable children and young people have been moved out of residential care and into stable, secure homes thanks to Targeted Care Packages. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos welcomed the milestone less than one year after the Andrews Labor Government pledged..

BUILDING THE EDUCATION STATE BY BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DISADVANTAGE

The Andrews Labor Government has today released the State of Victoria’s Children report, highlighting the need to reduce the impact of disadvantage on children and young people’s education. The 2013-14 report found disadvantage in Victorian communities often lead to difficulties in a child’s education.  The..

KINDER PARTICIPATION INCREASES IN THE EDUCATION STATE

More Victorian children are benefitting from attending a kindergarten program in the year before school, according to new data released by the Andrews Labor Government. The Victorian kindergarten participation rate for 2015 was 98.1 per cent, up 1.7 per cent from 2014. This represents more..

CALLING VICTORIA’S BEST EARLY CHILDHOOD PROFESSIONALS

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for nominations to recognise the teachers and initiatives making a difference in the lives of young Victorian children and their families. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced that nominations are open for the 2016 Victorian Early..

SHIFTING THE FOCUS TO ABILITY FOR TOTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

A highly effective tool used to support young children with additional needs is being offered to Victorian kindergartens right across the state from today. Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, officially launched the Early Abilities Based Learning and Education Support (Early ABLES) assessment tool..

CLOSING THE GAP ON KOORIE KINDERGARTEN PARTICIPATION

The Andrews Labor Government has released data showing more Aboriginal children are getting the benefits of a quality early years learning program in the Education State, with the kinder participation rate for Aboriginal children increasing last year. But despite being on the right track more..

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN THE EDUCATION STATE

New census data released today shows the majority of Victorian children are developmentally on track, but that more support is needed to ensure more kids are capturing the opportunities of the Education State. The 2015 Australian Early Development Census measures a child’s development in social..

NEW CHILDREN’S HUB BENEFITS SPRINGVALE FAMILIES

A new integrated children’s centre in Springvale brings together kindergarten and family and children’s health services under the one roof, meaning better access for Springvale families. Premier and Member for Mulgrave Daniel Andrews and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos opened the $1 million..