Victorian Government funds access for all kinder children to Goodstart@Home
New resources for early learning at home vital for Victorians under five
Not for profit Goodstart Early Learning, celebrating its 10th
birthday this week, is very excited to be able to support Victorian children and families with new learning at home resources with the support of the Victorian Government.
Deputy Premier James Molino has announced that the state government will be providing extra financial assistance tor kinders across Victoria to help them access the new Goodstart@Home online learning-from-home platform.
The on-line resources, supported by book versions for families who can not access the internet at home, have been designed by leading early learning experts to support the learning of children while they are not attending their early learning centre due to COVID-19 and after the pandemic has passed.
Goodstart’s CEO, Julia Davison said that as a not-for-profit Goodstart was very proud to be able to share the high-quality learning at home resources with other providers and Victorian families.
“Goodstart@Home is created by a team of Goodstart experts who truly understand just how much play-based early experiences support the learning, development and wellbeing outcomes children need for school and life,” Ms Davison said.
“With the pandemic causing so much uncertainty in households and disruption in children’s early learning, we are very grateful that the Victorian Government has stepped in to help us share these resources with other early learning providers – both digital and in book form.
“Many children have missed weeks and even months of early learning and we believe it is very important to also be able to provide non-digital versions of the resources for children and families experiencing vulnerability who might not have computers or the internet at home.
“Not only will the Goodstart@Home resources provide immediate assistance for Mums, Dads and Carers now but also support ongoing education within the home learning environment once the pandemic has passed.
“We are also providing free professional learning webinars to educators wanting to support their families using Goodstart@home.
“Quality resources, supported by early childhood teachers and educators working with families, will help ensure children are not missing out on vital foundational learning in 2020 despite the pandemic.
“The Victorian government’s focus on the importance of early learning, particularly in the two years before school is vital and we applaud them for taking the initiative.
“Goodstart@home helps parents, educators and children and we look forward to supporting as many families as possible being able to use the new resources,” she said.
Providers can learn more about the School Readiness funding and the Victorian Government package here
and explore the Goodstart@Home resources here: https://goodstartathome.myshopify.com/