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BY FIVE wins with collaborative approach


Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership’s BY FIVE initiative has been recognised with a prestigious Victorian Government Early Years Award. BY FIVE won the Continuity of Early Learning award, presented at the National Gallery of Victoria on Tuesday 22 October, for its collaborative approach to Early Years innovation.

BY FIVE aims to improve outcomes for children by the time they reach the age of five and is the result of true collaboration across multiple government departments, agencies and community - a key focus of Regional Development Victoria (RDV)’s Regional Partnerships.

The initiative brings together the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education and Training, with support from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, to test and establish better practice in Early Years service delivery in rural and regional contexts.

The initiative was developed following the Regional Partnership Assembly in 2016 where improving early year’s outcomes in the region was identified as a priority by local community.

Since then, the Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership, supported by Co-ordinator Carolynne Hamdorf, has worked tirelessly to connect multiple departments, service delivery agencies and local governments to build the initiative from concept to fruition.

BY FIVE is just one of the many examples of the whole-of-government work each of our nine Regional Partnerships is undertaking to develop innovative, collaborative solutions to local issues.

For a full wrap on the awards read Excellence on show in Victorian early years awards announcements.

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