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Playford parents achieve top marks

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Playford parents achieve top marks Senator the Hon Jan McLucas Minister for Human Services

Mr Nick Champion MP Member for Wakefield

6 May 2013

The first group of young parents participating in an Australian Labor Government initiative that encourages them to pursue educational opportunities were today recognised for their achievements in Playford, South Australia.

Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas and Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion today met with more than 18 local parents who are benefiting from the Helping Young Parents program, presenting them with certificates in a special ceremony.

"The Helping Young Parents program is a great example of effective local action. This is a program that is smart, focussed and tailored - and it makes the best use of all the community and education providers in Playford," Senator McLucas said.

"I congratulate these young people for working towards their goals because being a young parent can be really tough, both financially and emotionally.

The Helping Young Parents program supports young parents to finish year 12 or an equivalent qualification.

"Some of these young parents have gone on to gain entry into tertiary studies which is a great achievement.

"We know that education leads to better life opportunities and this outcome presents a chance for them to gain work, support their family and participate fully in our community."

Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion said the great aspect of this program is the flexibility it presents for local young parents.

"The mums and dads participating have options about how they study, whether they do it face-to-face or online or by distance education," Mr Champion said.

"This has helped young parents in Playford overcome barriers that may have been preventing them from completing their studies."

Senator McLucas said participants of the Helping Young Parents program are also provided with assistance to access child care so they can attend classes.

"We recognise that some young parents may need further support such as child care, so local staff play a key role in linking them to available services and support with the associated costs," Senator McLucas said.

"The support our government has provided, together with the drive and determination to achieve shown by the young parents in the program, has delivered terrific results we celebrate today."