Putting students first with free glasses in schools

Keysborough, Noble Park and Springvale students will receive free eye testing and glasses at school in a Victorian-first.

The Andrews Labor Government today launched the Glasses for Kids program.

More than 30,000 Prep to Year 3 students at 250 schools most in need will have their eyes tested and receive free glasses under the program.

Children with undiagnosed vision problems often find it hard to concentrate at school, leading to poor results and bad behaviour – yet many struggling families avoid eye testing because of the cost.

Glasses for Kids has been trialled in 24 schools across Gippsland and Melbourne, and will now be rolled out in a further 226 schools around the state.

Eligible schools include Athol Road Primary School, Heatherhill Primary School, Keysborough Primary School and Noble Park Primary School.

The Labor Government has also partnered with Melbourne University to deliver Glasses for Kids, with supervised final-year optometry students to carry out vision testing at 160 schools.

Providing Glasses for Kids is about putting Victorian students and their families first to make sure every child has access to a great school and the opportunity to succeed in life. That’s why we are also:
• Giving 25,000 children a free breakfast at School Breakfast Clubs in 500 primary schools most in need, so kids can concentrate, learn and reach their full potential
• Giving more than 70,000 Victorian students regular access to the healthcare they need at school, with 100 schools across the state taking part in Australia’s first Doctors in Secondary Schools Program
• Helping 180,000 Victorian students take part in school camps and excursions, with $63.8 million already provided under the Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund
• Giving 50,000 Victorian families more than 210,000 school uniform items under the Affordable School Uniforms Program over the past two years

Schools receiving Glasses for Kids: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/educationstate/Pages/glassesforkids.aspx

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