Archives for October, 2016

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KEEPING COMMUNITY KINDERGARTENS CONNECTED

The Andrews Labor Government is helping the State Library Victoria provide important IT services and support to more than 1200 kindergartens across the state. The support provided by the State Library is highly valued among independently run kindergartens, which often struggle to meet the IT..

MORE SUPPORT FOR KOORI KIDS AND FAMILIES

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today welcomed a landmark report examining the circumstances of about 1000 Aboriginal children and young people in Victoria’s out-of-home care system. Always Was, Always Will Be, Koori Children is the result of nearly three years of work by the..

EXCELLENCE SHINES AT 2016 EARLY YEARS AWARDS

A Mornington woman known for her commitment to early education and her life-changing work with children with additional learning needs has been awarded the 2016 Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Meagan Hull of Bentons Square Kindergarten in Mornington was given the award last night..

INCREASING KINDERGARTEN PLACES IN ROSANNA

Rosanna’s Interlaken Kindergarten will offer an additional 22 places in their three-year-old program because of a redevelopment by the Victorian Government. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced the additional places at the centre’s 50th birthday celebrations. The Government’s $300,000 investment includes a purpose-built..

MORE SUPPORT FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN VICTORIA’S SOUTH

The Andrews Labor Government is transforming support provided to some of the most vulnerable children and young people in Victoria’s south with more than $20 million for a new residential care treatment model. We are getting on with making residential care a short-term intervention rather..

MORE CHILDREN TO BENEFIT FROM KINDERGARTEN

The Andrews Labor Government is working to boost kindergarten participation numbers of children from culturally diverse backgrounds with a new pilot program across three local government areas. The $100,000 project aims to get children from non-English speaking backgrounds enrolled in kindergarten in the year before..

FUN AND FESTIVITIES IN STORE FOR 2016 CHILDREN’S WEEK

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Children’s Week celebrations across Victoria with dozens of family-friendly events for local communities. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced that more than 65 organisations will share more than $55,000 in grants to support events that celebrate..

MORE SUPPORT FOR ABORIGINAL CHILDREN IN CARE

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more Aboriginal children and young people stay with their communities or return to them. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced that $687,000 will be provided to 10 Aboriginal organisations to help them connect Aboriginal children and young..

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS FOR ABORIGINAL CHILDREN IN CARE

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today welcomed a report by the Commission for Children and Young People into maintaining cultural connections for Aboriginal children in care. Of the report’s recommendations that relate to the Department of Health and Human Services, all have been..

CLOSING DATE EXTENDED FOR YOUTH ENGAGEMENT GRANTS

The closing date for applications to the Rural and Regional Local Government Youth Engagement Program has been extended by two weeks to ensure that flood affected communities can still take part. Rural and regional Victorian councils now have until 21 October to apply for grants of up..

EARLY CHILDHOOD SUPPORT ACROSS THE EDUCATION STATE

The Andrews Labor Government is strengthening key early childhood programs to respond to the needs of Victorian families. Visiting Horsham North Kindergarten today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced a $300,000 research partnership to strengthen the Government’s Best Start program. The funding will enable the..

BREAKING NEW GROUND IN FOSTER CARE

A new model of foster care with the potential to transform the way vulnerable children and young people are supported is to be trialled by the Andrews Labor Government. The internationally proven model uses professionalised foster carers to provide intensive support for children and young..

BUILDING MEN’S SHEDS IN AREAS OF HIGH NEED

The Andrews Labor Government will build new Men’s Sheds and upgrade existing ones in communities across Victoria affected by fire, drought and flood. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos, announced the 32 successful grant recipients, which were chosen on the basis of high levels..