Growing Learners recognised for excellence

as among Victoria’s best.

Labor MPs Danielle Green, Lily D’Ambrosio and Bronwyn Halfpenny today announced the Whittlesea based Growing Learners program is one of 15 Victorian Early Years Awards finalists recognised for their outstanding contribution to early childhood.

Run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Growing Leaners is being recognised in the Supporting Parents to Build their Capacity and Confidence category for its inspiring work with children.

Growing Learners is a targeted, early intervention program for vulnerable and disadvantaged parents of children aged up to three years who want to strengthen their relationship with their child.

Ms Green said the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the inspiring work of Victoria’s many childcare professionals and programs, including the great local success of Growing Learners.

“Every day families in the northern suburbs benefit not only from the great work being done by the Growing Learners program, but from the tireless dedication of our countless local early childhood services and professionals,” Ms Green said.

Ms Halfpenny said the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the vital work early childhood professionals do to make a difference to the lives of Victorian children and families.

“Now in their 12th year, the awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across five award categories, including those promoting children’s health and wellbeing, supporting parents, creating collaborative community partnerships, and improving access to early learning,” Ms Halfpenny said.

Ms D’Amborisio said the awards recognise a very special group of professionals.

“These awards are our opportunity to recognise the great work so many passionate and caring early childhood professionals do every day to help local families and kids thrive,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

Winners will be announced later this year and are in line to receive between $10,000 and $15,000 to go towards enhancing their work.

For more details on the awards and this year’s finalists go to:


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