Category: Minister for Families and Children

New Working With Children Checks For Kinship Carers

Vulnerable children will be better protected under new laws requiring kinship carers to have a Working with Children Check as part of a mandatory assessment process. From May 1 2017, new kinship carers approved by child protection will be required to apply for a check within 21 days of a child being placed in their […]

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Helping Regional Kids Become Maths Masters

The Andrews Labor Government is helping about 14,000 pre-schoolers and their families in Regional Victoria improve their maths skills through a new early years program. Let’s Count helps early years educators engage families and their children in counting, measuring and identifying patterns. The program helps parents and carers introduce maths to their children in a […]

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Supporting Young Children As They Grow

The Andrews Labor Government is better supporting young children to learn and develop with a new online, interactive learning course for early childhood educators. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos visited Melbourne Museum to launch the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute’s new Laying the Foundations eLearning course. The course highlights the importance of the early […]

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New Training And Support For Kinship And Foster Carers

For the first time foster carers and kinship carers will join to undergo comprehensive training to better support the children they care for. The Andrews Labor Government is developing an integrated training program which will address issues such as trauma informed care, how to manage difficult behaviours and de-escalation techniques. Carer KaFÉ; Kinship and Foster […]

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Refurbishing Kinders And Boosting IT Equipment

The Andrews Labor Government is refurbishing kindergartens and improving IT capabilities for the kindergartens of the future. Applications have opened for the 2017-18 Children’s Facilities Capital Program Minor Grants round, helping kindergartens that need minor infrastructure improvements and IT assistance. Minor infrastructure expansion grants of up to $25,000 can go towards the cost of small […]

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Nominations Open For Protecting Children Awards

Nominations are now open for awards celebrating the dedicated individuals and teams who work to improve the lives of Victoria’s most vulnerable children. The Victorian Protecting Children Awards (formerly Robin Clark Protecting Children Awards) recognise the valuable contribution of individuals, organisations and the broader community who play their part to achieve the protection and wellbeing […]

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Turnbull Playing With Our Kids’ Future

Victorian schools and kinders are still in the dark as to whether Malcolm Turnbull will provide the funds they need to help struggling students and families. Minister for Families & Children Jenny Mikakos represented the Andrews Labor Government at the first Education Ministerial Council meeting of 2017 in Hobart today where Federal Education Minister Simon […]

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Support For Vulnerable Families From Cradle To Kinder

More Victorian families will have access to the critical support they need during and after the birth of their child thanks to the expansion of an intensive family and early parenting support program. Visiting Anglicare Victoria’s office in Morwell today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced the Andrews Labor Government will invest $19 […]

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Supporting Victorian Young People Leaving Care

Young Victorians leaving out-of-home care will have more support as they transition into adulthood. During a visit to Gippsland today, Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos announced $2.9 million in funding for two new innovative programs: Better Futures, a support service for young people leaving out-of-home care Mentoring, Learning and Support, a model for […]

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Supporting Young People In Morwell

Young people in Morwell will have access to an innovative and contemporary youth space thanks to $4.3 million in new funding from the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos announced the new funding while meeting young people from the Centre for Multicultural Youth and other organisations that support young people in the […]

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