Southern Metropolitan Region - Preschool Field Officer Funding (8.6.2016)
Written on the 9 June 2016
8 June 2016
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
My constituency question is directed to the Minister for Families and Children, and it relates to a meeting I had recently with the Boroondara City Council when it highlighted to me the need for additional funding for the preschool field officer (PSFO) in that municipality.
In relation to what the council is concerned about, obviously there has been a significant growth in demand for services in the municipality and there has been an underfunding to match the growing demand. As members will be well aware, under the PSFO program a preschool field officer assists educators to build their confidence, knowledge and skills to provide an inclusive program that is responsive to the needs of children.
Children with additional needs are particularly evident and require these field officers.
My question to the minister is: could the minister look at this issue and provide funding as soon as possible?