Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan): My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Workplace Safety and Minister for Early Childhood, Ingrid Stitt, MP. My question relates to the portfolio responsibilities of early childhood education. The minister recently announced that the Andrews Labor government is expanding the early childhood language program through an expression-of-interest process.
I understand there are currently over 160 early childhood education and care services participating in this Australian-first program and by expanding the program more early childhood services across Victoria will be able to deliver part of their kindergarten program in another language. This program is very exciting and helping to build a foundation of diverse language skills in our kids, helping them prepare for a more global and connected world later in life.
My question to the minister is: can the minister please provide me with an update on how early childhood education and care services in the Western Metropolitan Region can participate in the learn languages program in 2022?