- February 15, 2013
Senator Jan McLucas, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, paid a visit to The Infants’ Home today with Federal Member for Grayndler, Minister Anthony Albanese.
Senator McLucas and Minister Albanese spoke to our staff, and met children with additional needs who are involved in some of our early intervention programs.
Senator McLucas also spent some time explaining how the National Disability Insurance Scheme will operate.
The Infants’ Home CEO, Anita Kumar, told the Senator and the Minister about our work with children in early education and early intervention.
Our Integrated Services Manager, Lynn Farrell, explained that children’s rights are fundamental to The Infants’ Home approach, along with a philosophy of integration, qualified staff, small groups of children and inclusive practices.
Anita said staff are always happy to talk to people about how – as an integrated service – The Infants’ Home creates opportunities for young children and their families so they can reach their unique potential.
“We were delighted to see Senator McLucas and Minister Albanese at The Infants’ Home,” Anita said.
“We’re proud of our work in this area, and the Senator and the Minister were inspired by the stories they heard.”
Minister Albanese has been a staunch supporter of The Infants’ Home and he was generous in his praise of our work.
“This is the perfect model here because of The Infants’ Home’s extensive links with the community and other early childhood services, and the amount of work they do themselves,” the Minister said.
Every year, The Infants’ Home provides early childhood education, early intervention, and specialist health services to over 1300 children from birth to school age. One-third of these children has additional needs or lives in vulnerable circumstances.
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