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About us

FKA Children’s Services (fkaCS) advocates for children’s cultural and linguistic rights and provides support to education and care services in the provision of culturally rich environments that support a civil society.

Vision

Our vision is for all children to actively participate in quality education and care services that recognise, value and celebrate diversity.

Our history

FKA Children’s Services (fkaCS) began as the Free Kindergarten Union (FKU) in 1908. The FKU was at the forefront of the early childhood education movement and had a major role in instigating many significant early childhood initiatives including the establishment of the first Kindergarten Teachers College (now part of Melbourne University), the formation of a national association for early childhood (which evolved to Early Childhood Australia) and were the original trustees for the Lady Gowrie Centre in Victoria in the late 1930s.

Today, in its 109th year, fkaCS continues to advocate for children’s cultural and linguistic rights and provides professional development and support to education and care services in the provision of culturally rich environments that reflect a civil society. The fkaCS board comprises early childhood teachers, academics, benevolent and welfare societies and multicultural advocates.

Board of Management

Patron – The Honourable Linda Dessau Governor of Victoria 
President – Denise Rundle 
Vice President – Kirsten Slifirski 
Secretary and Honorary Treasurer – Karla Chatfield
Board Members: 
 - Bruna Pasqua 
 - Professor Mindy Blaise 
 - Paula Wood 
 - Carolina Cabezas

Life members

Dr P. Clarke
Mr L. Cox
Mr J. Emerson
Mrs G. Johnson
Mrs G. Kelso
Mr G Kelso
Dr A. Kennedy
Mrs P. Montgomery
Miss H. Moorhead
Mr I. Renard
Mr E. Rush
Ms. Rosemary Waite

Friends of FKA Children’s Services

Mrs Gillian Beddington 
Mrs Judith Cutler 
Mrs June Danks 
Mrs Esma Kelso 
Ms Marion Lang 
Ms Shirley Lancaster 
Ms Gwenda Martin 
Ms Gwenda Sibson 
Mrs Joan Waters 
Mrs Kay Withell 
And other Friends of FKA Children’s Services who wish to remain anonymous