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..
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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..
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..
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..
A new record will be set this morning when a community playgroup meets on the top floor of Eureka Skydeck – creating Australia’s tallest playgroup. The feat marks National Playgroup Week, which celebrates the important role playgroups have in offering families the chance to come..
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..
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..
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..
The Andrews Labor Government has extended its kinder and schools drought-relief assistance to Ararat, recognising the hardship the community faces due to ongoing difficult dry conditions. Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced that access to free kindergarten,..
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..
North Melbourne resident and Professor of Social Work at the University of Melbourne, Catherine Humphreys will be inducted onto the 2016 Victorian Honour Roll for women in recognition for her work in removing barriers of disadvantage to vulnerable families. Professor Humphreys joins more than 550..
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..