Benalla’s littlest to get bigger opportunities
26 October 2018
Early learning and literacy for Benalla’s youngest residents will be given a big boost if The Nationals are elected to government in November.
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan today announced that an elected Nationals Government will provide $1 million to Benalla’s Tomorrow Today Foundation to support the successful Parents’ Early Education Partnership (PEEP) program over the next four years.
Ms Ryan said she was excited to back Tomorrow Today in their work supporting families from Benalla and surrounds in nurturing early education outcomes for young families and creating a stronger, more resilient community.
“Anyone who knows Tomorrow Today knows what fantastic work they do in Benalla,” Ms Ryan said.
“One of the most successful and important programs Tomorrow Today offers is the Parents’ Early Education Partnership (PEEP) program which is run for children up to the age of five and their parents.
“Sessions involve singing, enjoying rhymes, reading stories and having fun with activities that teach them different skills and include special ‘talk time’ where parents explore topics related to child development and parenting.
“The PEEP program also links families into local services and groups, and the wider community, including information and advice sessions and regular social outings to local destinations like the library, aquatic centre and gardens.”
Ms Ryan said the support will lift early education in Benalla, which has been identified as one of 20 priority LGAs where work is needed to make sure kids are ready to start primary school.
“The rate of vulnerability in Benalla is double that of the state average,” Ms Ryan said.
“Benalla’s rate of vulnerability is 20 per cent, compared to the state average of 9.9 per cent. Where you live should not determine your future.
“The Nationals understand the importance of giving the littlest people in our community the best opportunities from day one so they can thrive and prepare for life and learning.
“The PEEP program encourages children to explore, play, problem solve, read, sing and socialise in a group environment and it creates support networks for parents within their communities.
“I am incredibly proud to be able to support this program if we are elected to government.”
The PEEP program will be funded from the Liberal Nationals $16m early language and literacy grants program.