Growing school readiness in regional Victoria
Published Dec 07 2021
Merri Health’s School Readiness Funding Allied Health Program helps kindergarten educators and families build their skills and capacity to support children’s learning and development.
In 2021, we continued to grow our early childhood services in regional Victoria to improve wellbeing outcomes for children in more disadvantaged areas.
Our allied health team work with educators and families, focussing on language development, and social and emotional development. In FY 2020/21 we expanded our services from 71 kindergartens across five LGAs in Goulburn (Mitchell, Murrindindi, Shepparton, Strathbogie, and Moira); adding seven LGAs in the Ovens Murray Region; and a further 44 kindergartens.
We increased the number of kindergartens we support from 44 to 115, improving school readiness outcomes for more children in regional Victoria.
By early 2022, our target is to deliver approximately 1900 sessions across 115 kindergartens in 12 Victorian regions.
Watch this space!