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IMPROVING EARLY YEARS LEARNING IN THE EDUCATION STATE

The Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today launched the revised Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF) at the annual Together We Grow: Early Childhood Education Conference. The revised Framework reflects the latest research, practice and policy, and provides a high benchmark..

HONOURING VICTORIA’S CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS

Nominations honouring Victoria’s dedicated individuals and teams who work to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable children are now open. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today called for nominations for the Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards, which recognise excellence in service..

NEW ANTI-FAMILY VIOLENCE TRIAL: AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST

In an Australian first, the Caring Dads program which helps dads realise the impact of family violence is set to begin in Melbourne. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $575,000 for the Children’s Protection Society to begin the prevention and early intervention trial…

NEW CHILDREN’S HUB TO MEET KINDER DEMAND IN CRANBOURNE WEST

Families in Cranbourne West now have access to more kindergarten places thanks to the Victorian Government’s investment in early childhood facilities. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos was joined by Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera today, to officially open the new premises of Mayone-bulluk..

BUILDING BETTER KINDERS IN BALLARAT

The Andrews Labor Government is investing in the future of Ballarat kids with more kinder places in the region. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos visited the area today to meet with families and staff from early childhood services, and officially open two new..

SECURING THE FUTURE OF VICTORIA’S RURAL KINDERS

The Andrews Labor Government is securing the future of kinders across regional Victoria with a $4.4 million funding boost as part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited the Waubra Children’s Service in Waubra – one of approximately 100..

CARLTON PRIMARY GETS FUNDING BOOST

Minister for Education, James Merlino, Member for Northern Metropolitan, Jenny Mikakos, and Labor candidate for Melbourne, Sophie Ismail, today visited Carlton Primary School in Melbourne to meet staff and students, and discuss plans for the school’s $10 million upgrade. Planning for construction at the school..

MORE EARLY YEARS SERVICES FOR GROWING VICTORIA

The Andrews Labor Government is getting on with building and upgrading kinder and early childhood facilities in the parts of Victoria that need it most. Speaking at Hillsmeade Early Learning Centre in Narre Warren South, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos was joined by..

MORE CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS TO KEEP KIDS SAFE

More than 200 new child protection workers have been hired in Victoria in the past year as the Andrews Labor Government works to keep children and young people safe. This milestone is a direct result of the state’s biggest ever boost to the child protection..

FIXING VICTORIA’S RESIDENTIAL CARE

The Andrews Labor Government will transform Victoria’s out of home care system for the state’s most vulnerable children with an unprecedented $35.9 million investment in theVictorian Budget 2016/17. This investment will establish a clinical treatment model so out of home care is an intensive, short..

BETTER TRAINING FOR CARERS OF VULNERABLE YOUNG PEOPLE

The Andrews Labor Government will provide up to $8 million for vocational training for all Victorian residential care workers, as Victoria moves towards mandatory qualifications for all residential care workers. The training scheme will accelerate the upskilling of the workforce that provides essential care and..

RECOGNISING VICTORIA’S YOUNG ACHIEVERS

Young entrepreneurs, scientists, activists, and volunteers are among the outstanding Victorians recognised tonight at the 2016 Victorian Young Achiever Awards. Patron for the awards and Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos joined more than 500 guests at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner in Docklands to..

EXTRA SUPPORT TO MEET THE URGENT NEEDS OF FAMILY VIOLENCE VICTIMS

New funding from the Andrews Labor Government will boost front-line support to families experiencing family violence and also target perpetrators to end the cycle of violence. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Housing, Disability, and Ageing Martin Foley and Minister for the..