More than 5,000 Victorian children will start learning a new language – including Arabic, while at kindergarten, the Victorian government announced recently

Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos said that weekly Arabic language sessions will be offered at:

  • Annadale Community Centre, Mickleham
  • Bluebird Way Child and Family Centre, Roxburgh Park
  • Craigieburn Child and Family Centre, Craigieburn
  • Craigieburn Early Childhood Services Centre, Craigieburn
  • KU Craigieburn Children’s Centre, Craigieburn
  • Pembroke Crescent Preschool Centre, Craigieburn

“This investment will give our children an even stronger connection to the language they speak at home, and the good future they deserve,” she said.

“We know how important it is to parents that their children remain connected to their language and heritage.”

“This will give our children important skills and an even stronger understanding of the language they speak at home.”

“As this investment shows, we believe our multiculturalism makes Victoria stronger.”

These language programs are expected to reach more than 5,000 children across 160 kindergartens, in a range of languages including Mandarin, Punjabi, Italian, Japanese, French, Vietnamese, Greek and Spanish.

Among these are 29 kindergartens which will offer Aboriginal languages and 27 that will offer Auslan.

The government will fund extra staff to teach children these new languages in partnership with existing staff – at no cost to parents or early childhood services.

This will help make sure that kids growing up in these families can stay connected to their language even at kindergarten.