Posted on 28. May, 2010 in Clayton Update

More than 200 early childhood educators from across the state will share in Brumby Labor Government scholarships and incentives worth $973,000.

Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development Maxine Morand said the grants were a key element in the government’s plan to boost the qualifications and skills of Victoria’s early childhood workforce.

“The Brumby Labor Government is delivering on its commitment to provide the best possible start in life for young Victorians by ensuring we have a highly skilled early childhood workforce,” she said.

“These scholarships and incentives provide a great opportunity for early childhood staff to increase their qualifications and there was really strong interest in this round of grants which is fantastic.

“The scholarships and incentives will support early childhood teachers to take up work in long day care and rural settings, allow diploma-qualified staff to obtain an early childhood teaching qualification and assist unqualified staff to complete a Certificate III in Children’s Services.

“Building the skills of the early childhood workforce is an essential part of our strategy to prepare for the National roll-out of 15 hours of kindergarten a week for every four-year-old Victorian child from 2013.

“We are providing funding to expand services ahead of the roll-out, but making sure we also have the workforce to meet the new requirement is just as important.”

Ms Morand said a further round of scholarships and incentives was now open.

The 201 recipients in the current round of scholarships and incentives include:

  • 33 early childhood teachers who will each receive $12,000 to provide kinder in long day care services;


  • 21 early childhood teachers who will receive up to $6000 to work in rural kinders;


  • 62 early childhood workers awarded scholarships of $6000 to upgrade their qualifications to become early childhood teachers; and


  • 85 early childhood staff awarded scholarships of up to $1000 to complete a Certificate III in Children’s Services qualification.


Local recipients include:

Scholarships for Existing Workers in Licensed Children’s Services

Paula Dermawan Glen Waverley Eastern Metro
Rezwana Fuad Dandenong Southern Metro
Deepthi Fernando Dandenong Southern Metro
Badra Rabot Dandenong Southern Metro
Brenda Edwards Dandenong Southern Metro
Marion Beales Dingley Southern Metro
Asha Balse Mentone Southern Metro
Penelope Carey Mentone Southern Metro
Leanne Murfett Mentone Southern Metro
Sugirthavany Ravindran Mentone Southern Metro
Meagan Dyer Mordialloc Southern Metro
Athena Samiotis Oakleigh Eastern Metro
Claudine Pageot Noble Park Southern Metro


Early Childhood Teacher Scholarships for Pathway Students

Jun Dai Clayton Eastern Metro
Hieu Thi Luong Clayton Eastern Metro
Liesl Raffaut Clayton Eastern Metro
Eugenia Morales Herna Dandenong Southern Metro
Anthea Somerville Glen Waverley Eastern Metro
Kristie Rowlands Moorabbin Southern Metro
Sankari Udayakumar Noble Park Southern Metro
Suria Mohamad-Wong Syndal Eastern Metro


Incentives for Early Childhood Teachers in Long Day Care

Lisa Ezekiel Bentleigh Southern Metro
Malgorzata Kazmierczak Cheltenham Southern Metro
Karen Schneider Clayton Eastern Metro
Tara Sudhir Glen Waverley Eastern Metro
Jessica Whitsed Oakleigh South Eastern Metro

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