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MyChild Website Upgraded, Victorian Parents Now Able to Easily Search for Information on Kindergarten Programs in Their Area

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MyChild Website Upgraded, Victorian Parents Now Able to Easily Search for Information on Kindergarten Programs in Their Area

MyChild Website Upgraded, Victorian Parents Now Able to Easily Search for Information on Kindergarten Programs in Their Area

Victorian families will be able to access better information about kindergarten programs operating in long day care centres, thanks to enhancements of the MyChild website.

The Federal Minister for Employment Participation and Child Care, Kate Ellis, and the Victorian Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, Maxine Morand, today launched the upgrade for www.MyChild.gov.au.

“Since 2008, the Australian Government’s MyChild website has provided families and carers with access to a range of child care, early childhood and parenting information,” Ms Ellis said.

“This includes a popular child care search that is easy to use and provides details about services including location, fees and  vacancies.

“With the release of this enhanced information, Victorian parents will now find it easier to search for long day care services that offer kindergarten programs in their area.

“Together, the Australian and Victorian Governments are working to give parents better information about child care and kindergarten services, that will help them choose the right service for their child.”

Ms Morand said the upgraded website was another example of how the Brumby Labor Government was supporting families to access practical and up-to-date information about the range of services available in Victoria.

”We have been working closely with the Australian Government on a series of enhancements to the MyChild website that will allow Victorian parents to receive more information, simply by typing in their postcode,” Ms Morand said.

“This year Victoria has a record kinder participation rate for children in the year before school of 95.1%. A significant boost in the number of Long Day Care services offering a kindergarten program has helped improve this rate with 547 centres this year offering a kinder program compared to 442 last year.

“We want to continue to improve kinder participation, and ensuring parents can locate these services more easily is an important step.”

Ms Ellis said the MyChild website also features links to resources, State and Territory sites, information about the benefits of attending kindergarten and answers to frequently asked questions about government assistance and child care rebates.

“We want to ensure parents are well supported and have practical and helpful information at their fingertips,” Ms Ellis said.

For further information, please visit www.MyChild.gov.au


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