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MEDIA RELEASE - Jaycee Kindergarten the region's highest achiever

23 January 2018

Jaycee Kindergarten has reaffirmed its status as one of the region’s leading early education providers after successfully completing a state wide health promotion program.

The Portland based kindergarten recently received their sixth and final health priority icon as part of the Victorian Government’s Achievement Program. This accomplishment is particularly note-worthy as Jaycee is the first kindergarten in the Glenelg Shire to receive all of the icons in the Program.

Glenelg Shire Council Children’s Services Manager Janine Johnstone said the achievement was another accomplishment for Jaycee and reaffirmed the centre’s successful collaborative approach to early childhood education.

“This milestone at Jaycee Kindergarten further reinforces the wonderful children’s programs we have on offer in the Glenelg Shire,” she said.

“Over the past twelve months Jaycee staff and families have been working together to create a meaningful approach to healthy living, ensuring the same information taught at the centre goes on to be taught at home.

“Families can once again be assured that when they enrol their child into any of our early childhood programs they will be educated in a quality learning environment and one which exceeds the state’s best practice measures for health promotion.”

The Achievement Program is a Victoria Government initiative that aims to encourage healthier lifestyles and prevent lifestyle related diseases, as based upon the World Health Organisation’s model for health.

Participating schools, early childhood services and workplaces are guided through a framework of continuous planning, action and review to address health priority areas.

Once the school, service provider or workplace achieves the benchmarks set for the health priority area, they are eligible to receive an icon.

Jaycee Kindergarten has now been awarded all six health priority icons for their best practice approaches to healthy eating and oral health, mental health and wellbeing, physical activity, sun protection, tobacco control and safe environments.

Ms Johnstone expects to see other kindergartens in the Glenelg Shire Early Years Management to soon receive all of their remaining icons in the Achievement Program.

“A number of our kindergartens are already close to completing the program, so it will simply be a matter of time before all of our services have all six icons proudly affixed to their signs,” she said.

For further information on the Achievement Program please visit www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au/early-childhood-services.


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