Melbourne to announce dress pants policy for children
Melbourne will ban children under eight from wearing dress pants and other clothing in schools and childcare centres.
The policy will go into effect from next month, with children between eight and 12 allowed to wear trousers and a skirt if they wish.
There will also be no dress-code for children under 12.
Under the policy, children will be allowed to be dressed in skirts or dress pants for up to 10 minutes during breaks, lunchtimes, after school and in the evening.
Schools will also have to provide a safe space where children can wear clothes, including skirts and dresses, but will be encouraged to allow for the freedom to wear whatever they want.
“The dress-up season is the most important time for kids in Melbourne, and we want to encourage everyone to wear what they want to dress up in, regardless of age,” said Victoria’s education minister, Catherine King.
In a statement, Ms King said she had spoken with the Victorian government’s chief health officer, Dr Catherine Bailie, about the policy.
She said the Victorian Government would review the policy to ensure it was fair to all.
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