News and information New features and languages for MCH app Building on its success the MCH app has now been translated into 9 community langugaes. Other features include an interactive “Child Growth Tracker”. Strengthened No Jab No Play regulations Updated regulations mean early childhood education and care services need parents to provide updated immunistion history statements twice yearly. Prepare for summer, and thunderstorm asthma season Important steps early childhood education and care services can take to ensure children are sunsmart and safe during this season. Subscribe to the Early Childhood Update For the latest Department news, subscribe to the free monthly Early Childhood Update, which provides a snapshot of Victoria’s early childhood sector. Resources and grants A strength-based approach to transitions Transition Learning and Development Statements include intentional teaching strategies for each child, written using a strength-based approach. Apply now for the early childhood scholarships program The program aims to attract new early childhood teachers and support existing educators who wish to upskill to a teaching qualification. Literacy Teaching Toolkit: Featured video In this video, educators demonstrate ways of creating responsive play experiences for building children’s meaning-making. Let’s count on The Smith Family maths program Let’s Count Online emphasises everyday maths, helping kids to see numbers as relevant, stimulating and fun in life. Register now. Taking the lead Little readers win Premiers’ Reading Challenge This year more than 8,000 children from across Victoria participated in the Premiers' Reading Challenge for the Early Years, with the winners receiving 100 books. Community hubs are smoothing the way from kinder to school The Step Into Kinder educational program is a particular focus at Dandenong PS to smooth the transition to school for parents and children alike. Delta Road Preschool is in a flap over flock of native rosellas When educators at Delta Road Preschool noticed some eastern rosellas nesting at the kinder, they never imagined it would inspire an incredible learning journey.