Supporting children's learning and development in the early years and transition into school is essential to their future success. We have identified a range of strategies to give young Queenslanders the best start in life.
Key highlights to be progressed include:
- Prep for all children from 2017
- age-appropriate learning in Prep in state schools
- engaging more children with disability in early learning
- investing in new integrated early years services in areas of need.
To learn more about our exciting initiatives, view the Advancing education action plan.
Ideas into action
We have already begun putting some of these ideas into action...
Opportunities for every child
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families are successfully transitioning to early education with the help of the Families as First Teachers (FaFT) program.
Developed 10 years ago in Kuranda to improve education outcomes for Indigenous children, the FaFT program is now being used in communities across Queensland and interstate.
The FaFT program supports families in their crucial role as their child’s first and most influential teachers, and engages them as partners in their child’s learning.
Integrated services for families
Early years centres are one-stop shops for families to access a range of services such as early childhood education and care, family and parenting support, and maternal and child health.
Staff include family support workers, early childhood educators, and child and maternal health specialists working together to deliver holistic services for families with children, from pregnancy up to eight years of age.
Early years centres operate in 14 locations across Queensland, with new services planned for Inala and Redlands.