Topic: 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 […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Families and Children

Keeping Women And Children Safe

The Andrews Labor Government is helping keep women and children safe from family violence in their own homes through the state-wide expansion of the Personal Safety Initiative. Personal safety responses and technology – CCTV, personal alarms, locks and security doors – will be funded and accessed through a $17 million boost to the Flexible Support […]

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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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More Support For New Parents And Their Children

New parents and their babies will receive even more support under an expansion of the Maternal Child Health Service. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced that 37,000 families will now be able to rely on expanded Enhanced Maternal and Child Health services until their child turns three. Announced […]

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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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LEGOLAND Builds A New Home In Melbourne

Australia’s first ever LEGO attraction will create more than 100 new jobs and bring more visitors to Victoria. Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren officially opened the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre in Melbourne at Chadstone Shopping Centre today. The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere – the Centre once again puts Victoria […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, South Eastern Metropolitan Region

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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