Adjournment: Early Childhood Language Program

Ms SPENCE (Yuroke) (19:05:14): (660) My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education, and the action I seek is for the minister to provide me with an update on how children in Yuroke are benefitting from the early childhood language program. There are five kindergartens in Craigieburn and Mickleham within my electorate that are taking part in the early childhood language program. They are providing Arabic language sessions so that children can start learning another language during their time at kinder. There are many identified benefits of learning an additional language at a young age, ranging from understanding how languages work to improving literacy and problem-solving skills. In an electorate that already has a large Arabic-speaking population, the early childhood language program in Yuroke can strengthen the cultural identity and self-esteem of young children. The program can also work towards forging stronger communities in our electorate, building a greater appreciation for our diversity. I am very pleased that children in my community have access to this program, and I look forward to the minister’s response.