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CALL TO COMMENT ON OUT-DATED ADOPTION LAWS

Victorians are encouraged to comment on further changes to Victoria’s adoption laws. Late last year, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced a Victorian Law Reform Commission (VLRC) review of adoption laws to: Promote the best interests of children, their rights and their ongoing..

2016 VICTORIAN EARLY YEARS AWARDS FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

A kindergarten delivering its program in Auslan, a supported playgroup at a shopping centre and a wellbeing coach program for Koori kids are among the finalists for the 11th annual Victorian Early Years Awards. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced 15 finalists..

NOMINATE A VICTORIAN YOUNG ACHIEVER

Nominations for the 2017 Victorian Young Achiever Awards were officially opened today by the Minister for Youth Affairs and Patron of the Victorian Young Achiever Awards, Jenny Mikakos. The awards recognise young people who have made a real difference to their communities. Young people are..

PLAYGROUND UPGRADE FOR BENDIGO KINDER

Preschoolers at Bendigo’s Lightning Reef Early Learning Centre will enjoy improved outdoor play areas, including a brand-new sensory garden, thanks to a grant aimed at enhancing services on offer to children and families. Treasurer Tim Pallas today visited the Lightning Reef Early Learning Centre to..

STRENGTHENING EARLY NUMERACY LEARNING WITH LET’S COUNT

The Andrews Labor Government is rolling out a program to boost the maths skills of young children. Visiting Frankston Preschool today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos and The Smith Family’s Victorian General Manager Anton Leschen announced that educators across an initial 76 kindergartens..

MELBOURNE REMEMBERS THE BATTLE OF LONG TAN

Melbourne residents will pay tribute to Victoria’s brave servicemen and women on Vietnam Veterans Day on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan. Jenny Mikakos MP, Member for Northern Metropolitan Region announced today Holy Rosary Primary School Kensington would attend a special..

MORE SUPPORT FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE VICTIMS

The Andrews Labor Government is providing more support for women and children experiencing family violence. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced a $5.65 million statewide funding boost for Child FIRST and Integrated Family Services, to meet growing demand. The funding will be..

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR ACTION IN FAMILY DAY CARE

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos has called on the Turnbull Government to cease funding new family day care services in areas already saturated with services, and undertake a review of the sector. The arrest last week of two men in Sydney on charges..

MORE CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS TO KEEP BALLARAT KIDS SAFE

The Andrews Labor Government is deploying more child protection workers to Ballarat to keep local children safe. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced four new workers to help the local team protect children and young people when there are concerns for their..

GIVING TOMORROW’S LEADERS A GREATER SAY TODAY

The Andrews Labor Government is giving young Victorians in rural and regional areas more opportunities to have a greater say in the decisions that affect their communities. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened a new grants round for the Labor Government’s Rural..

GIVING YOUNG VICTORIANS A CHANCE TO HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE

Young Victorians will have a chance to help shape future government decisions at a series of influential youth forums right around the state. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos today announced Swan Hill would host the first youth forum in September. Additional forums will be..

BOOSTING KINDER PLACES IN DROUIN

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today opened the new Drouin Primary School Early Learning Centre. The new early learning centre offers 44 places for children in its four-year-old kindergarten program, and that means more locals can access the Kindergarten education they deserve. The..

KEEPING ABORIGINAL CHILDREN CONNECTED WITH THEIR CULTURE

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to ensure Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care remain connected with their rich and proud culture. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced a $5.33 million funding package to help develop cultural support plans..

IMPROVING KINDERGARTENS IN THE EDUCATION STATE

The Andrews Labor Government is helping kinders all over Victoria upgrade facilities and offer better services for families and children. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today visited Templestowe Preschool to announce $1.22 million in grants to nearly 250 kindergartens to help give every..

FIXING VICTORIA’S RESIDENTIAL CARE

The Andrews Labor Government is taking action to support and protect vulnerable young Victorians living in residential care. A $35.9 million boost to residential care services will ensure the overnight safety and support of young people recovering from the effects of trauma, abuse and neglect…