Kids at kinder in Lakes Entrance will get the opportunity to learn Gunai/Kurnai Language, thanks to
the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett announced Lake Tyres Early Learning Centre will be joining
the Victorian Government’s $17.9 million Early Childhood Language Program.

The program provides kindergarten services with funding to deliver a language program to children.
The Early Childhood Language Program is the first state-funded language program to be rolled out in
kindergartens and reaches more than 5,000 Victorian children each year.

Across Victoria, it is being rolled out to about 160 services in up to 15 languages including Aboriginal languages, Arabic, Auslan, Chinese, French, Italian, and Spanish.

This program provides an excellent opportunity to increase the diversity of children’s language skills in our kindergartens, build stronger local communities by encouraging children to take an interest in other cultures, and prepare children for an increasingly connected world later in life.

Learning languages at a young age is also shown to have benefits such as increased reading and writing skills, cognitive flexibility, strengthened brain development and improved problem-solving skills.

Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian-first, the Labor Government is investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver universally funded Three Year-Old Kindergarten, with the roll-out starting this year.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“Learning in another language has fantastic rewards for young children – improving brain function as well as helping them to read and write in English.”

“It’s fantastic that children who attend Lake Tyres Early Learning Centre will get the opportunity to learn in Gunai/Kurnai Language at a young age and no doubt reap the long-term benefits of learning a language in addition to English.”