Vic early childhood minister thanks ECEC for dedication amidst lockdowns
Victorian Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt has thanked early childhood teachers, educators and staff for their dedication, endurance and professionalism in keeping early childhood education and care (ECEC) services running through the latest round of lockdown measures designed to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
“I am writing to offer my gratitude to each of you,” Ms Stitt began. ”I am sure I speak for the many Victorian families, for whom you have provided a calm and stable anchor in those difficult days, when I offer this message of sincere thanks.”
The commitment and expertise shown by those in the sector “has kept our children safe and supported them to grow and learn, as all Victorians have once again put in a huge effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
“My admiration for your work goes deeper than this message can possibly convey,” Ms Stitt continued. “Even a global pandemic hasn’t shifted your focus from giving Victoria’s children the best start in life. Along with this, you have offered parents and carers much-needed certainty and support as they adapt to an often-changing environment. Throughout this demanding period, your support has kept families going.”
The Minister said that she appreciates and acknowledges that the pandemic “hasn’t been an easy time for anyone,” reminding the ECEC sector of the range of supports available to help safeguard and maintain mental health and wellbeing.
The Mental Health Resources – Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage has information, resources and links to support services. There is also a series of webinars delivered by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Australia, as well as links to podcasts, blogs and videos, on the Mental Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood webpage.
“I encourage you to check your eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination program and, if you are eligible, then please make a vaccine appointment immediately,” Ms Stitt added.
“It has been a privilege to work with each of you as you have continued to deliver these critical services for all Victorians. On behalf of the children, families and communities you continue to serve and support, thank you.”
To review the letter in its original format please see here.