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Best Start

Supporting families and communities

to better meet the health, development and learning needs of young children.

Best Start is a Victorian government early years initiative that supports families, caregivers and communities to provide the best possible environment, experiences and care for young children from birth through to school.

Best Start aims to improve the health, development, learning and wellbeing of all Victorian children (0-8 years). It supports communities, parents and service providers to improve universal early years services so they are responsive to local needs. It has a strong emphasis on prevention and early intervention.

These improvements are expected to result in:
  • better access to child and family support, health services and early education
  • improvements in parents’ capacity, confidence and enjoyment of family life 
  • communities that are more child and family friendly. 

There are 30 Best Start project sites across the state, including six sites focusing specifically on working with Aboriginal communities. Local partnerships are the cornerstone of each project site.