The Victorian Government’s Linking Learning Birth – 12 Years Project
was launched at Bastow on Thursday 22 May by Wendy Lovell, Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, and Martin Dixon, Minister for Education.
This highly successful event was attended by 120 representatives from key education, community and health services across the State, and was a great way to celebrate the launch of this exciting three-year project.
This project aims to enhance children’s learning from birth to age 12 by supporting families, educators and service providers to work together more effectively to develop a seamless, integrated approach to learning. It aligns with the DEECD’s 2013-17 Strategic Plan
, Towards Victoria as a Learning Community
and Early Years Strategic Plan
The project also builds on a number of other recent Victorian Government projects and initiatives related to childhood education, including Best Start, Extended School Hubs and the Linking Schools and Early Years Project.
Eight locations were selected to lead this project: Wodonga, Yarra Ranges, Cardinia, Warracknabeal, Bass Coast, Thomastown (Whittlesea), Central Goldfields (Maryborough) and Whittington (Geelong). Each location involves a partnership between early childhood services, primary schools and a local council. These locations were selected from 77 expressions of interest, demonstrating the interest in forming partnerships across Victoria.
Over the course of the project these locations will build an evidence base for effective collaborative approaches to learning and partnership models, which can then be shared across other communities. The locations have already identified improved literacy learning and pedagogy as key learning foci.
The project also offers an online space at www.linkinglearning.ning.com
where members of the lead locations and other education and health communities can network, access and share research and resources, keep up to date with key events and promote activities.
For more information, see Linking Learning Birth – 12 Years Project