The Victorian Government is helping more first-time parents get the ongoing support they need by connecting them with other parents and services in their community.
Early Childhood Education Minister Jenny Mikakos announced a $200000 grant for Playgroup Victoria to build stronger connections between Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse-run first-time parent groups and community playgroups.
Playgroup Victoria will work with MCH nurses across the state to develop resources that will help connect new parents to local community playgroups, giving them access to ongoing social support and building links within their communities.
Playgroups provide opportunities for children to learn through play and parents to spend time with their children while meeting other parents and supporting each other.
Victorian families already have better access to playgroups through the government’s $50000 Great Start Community Playgroup Fund.
The government’s landmark $202.1million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan is delivering better services to parents with young children, as well as improved early intervention for kids who need extra support.
The reform plan includes $81.1million to expand the availability of supported playgroups across Victoria and boost MCH and parenting support.
The plan recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood, so children are ready for kinder, school and life.