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Support for culturally and linguistically diverse families

The department has funded 22 local councils to employ culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) outreach workers.

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The department has provided funding to support 22 local councils across Victoria to engage culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) outreach workers for early childhood education.

CALD outreach workers help address barriers to kindergarten access and participation for children and families from CALD backgrounds.

The outreach workers in these communities will also support families and children transition to school and support ongoing participation in education.

The initiative includes direct support to families and services in the following local government areas:

  • Banyule
  • Brimbank
  • Casey
  • Darebin
  • Greater Bendigo
  • Greater Dandenong
  • Greater Geelong
  • Hobsons Bay
  • Hume
  • Maribyrnong
  • Maroondah
  • Melbourne
  • Melton
  • Merri-bek
  • Mildura
  • Monash
  • Moonee Valley
  • Moorabool Shire
  • Wyndham
  • Whittlesea
  • Yarra
  • Yarra Ranges Shire.

How CALD outreach activities support engagement

Local councils deliver CALD outreach activities to support families from diverse backgrounds to enrol their children in early childhood education.

If a family requires additional support, CALD outreach workers may actively engage their service either by attending with the family or supporting the service to make its program more culturally inclusive.

CALD outreach workers also work alongside services to support successful registration and enrolment of CALD children starting in 3- and 4-year-old kindergarten. They also help to strengthen partnerships between early childhood services, schools and community service organisations to promote kinder participation.

Find out more

For more information, please contact your participating local council directly or the department by email:

Reviewed 01 March 2023

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