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MEDIA RELEASE - Another achievement for Kalbarri Kindergarten

16 August 2019

Kalbarri Kindergarten has reaffirmed its status as a leading early childhood education provider after receiving state-wide recognition for its commitment to promoting health and wellbeing.

The Portland based kindergarten recently received two health priority icons in the areas of sun protection and physical activity as part of the Victorian Government’s Achievement Program.

Glenelg Shire Council Children’s Services Manager Janine Johnstone said the milestone was a testament to the hardworking efforts and staff and ongoing collaboration with families.

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

“Over the past six months staff, families and children have been working together to embed the healthy lifestyle principles into the educational program. The results have been recognised at a state level, a fantastic achievement, however the greatest outcome has been ensuring our shire’s youngest are well-educated on the importance of sun protection and physical activity.

“We hope that as a result of promoting health and wellbeing at an early level we can ensure children in our early childhood education programs can reach their full potential.”

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.

Kalbarri Kindergarten has now been awarded four health priority icons for their best practice approaches to healthy eating and oral health, physical activity, sun protection and safe environments.

For further information on the Achievement Program please visit https://www.achievementprogram.health.vic.gov.au/.


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