Function VF 251
Welfare services (pre-school children)
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  • Use this Function for
    Play centres
    Pre-school services
    Kindergartens
    Day nurseries
    Family support & development
    Care for pre-school children
    Creches and day care centres
    Toddlers play groups

  • Do not use this Function for
    Visiting Child Health Nurses (ex Health)
    Early Childhood Development Co-ordinators (ex Health)
    Infant Welfare Service (ex Health)
    Family planning (ex Health)
    Maternal and child health / infant welfare programme (ex Health)
    Family counselling (ex CS)
    Family aids (ex CS)
    Financial counselling (ex CS)

 
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Background
In 1985 further major changes in the administration and provision of health services were given effect by a series of Administrative Arrangement Orders, (numbers 30, 31, 36, 37, 41 and 42), amendments to the Public Service Act 1974 and the Health Amendment Act 1985 (No.10262).

Following a review of the provision of health services many services which had been traditionally regarded as health services were redefined as community services and responsibility for these functions was transferred to the Department of Community Services (VA 2633).

In May 1985 the Department of Community Services became responsible for pre-school services including the administration of pre-school centres, child minding centres and services for the care of pre-school children (other than those which catered exclusively for intellectually disabled pre-school children). (See also VA 2868 Committee of Review of Early Childhood Services.)

The Department of Community Services also became responsible for the administration of a number of benevolent societies and institutions listed in Schedule Two of Administrative Arrangements Order No.37 1985. The institutions and organisations listed provide services to children, families, the aged and people with physical and sensory disabilities.

The major responsibilities of the Department were,

Child Development and Care including:

pre-school and child care services
child care centres
child minding regulations
aboriginal pre-school services.

From 1990, Child Care and Pre-School Services were transferred to the Office ofPreSchool and Child Care Services under a Minister responsible for Child Care.

Following significant machinery of government changes after the election of the first Kennett Government in October 1992, the Department of Health and Community Services was established by Administrative Arrangements Order No.114. The Department of Health and Community Services assumed all functions from the Department of Community Services (VA 2633) including the Office of Pre-School and Child Care.

In further significant machinery of government changes after the re-election of the Kennett Government in April 1996, the Department of Health and Community Services was abolished. All functions were transferred to the Department of Human Services (VA 3970) on 3 April 1996 under Administrative Arrangements Order No.150.
 
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    Education VF 19
    Health, public (infant and maternal) VF 248
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Date of Responsibility Agency Title Agency Number
- 1971 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
1971 - 1979 Social Welfare Department VA 946
1979 - 1985 Health Commission of Victoria VA 652
1985 - 1985 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
1985 - 1990 Department of Community Services (also known as Community Services Victoria) VA 2633
1990 - 1992 Department of Community Services (also known as Community Services Victoria) VA 2633
1992 - 1996 Department of Health and Community Services VA 3092
1996 - 2014 Department of Human Services VA 3970
2007 - 2014 Department of Education and Early Childhood Development VA 4840
2015 - cont Department of Education and Training II VA 5035
2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
 
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Circa 1909 - 1973 Alexandra Babies' Home (Alexandra Toddlers' Home 1964-1973) VA 5233
 
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- 1985 Health VRG 39
1985 - cont Community Services VRG 80