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A confident start

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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 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 and what we have delivered, view the Advancing education action plan (PDF, 2.2MB) and the Advancing education 2020 report card (PDF, 2.8MB) or download the accessible version (DOCX, 109KB).

Our progress

We have made significant progress and built strong foundations for ongoing success by delivering:

Opportunities for every child
Integrated services for families
A skilled and capable workforce
Positive transitions to school ​ ​

Key: * Aligns to relevant 2017 election commitments and Minister's Charter Letter commitments.


Ideas into action

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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 program.

Originally developed 2005 in Kuranda to improve education outcomes for Indigenous children, the Families as First Teachers program is now being used in communities across Queensland and interstate.

The Families as First Teachers 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.


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Integrated services for families

Early Years Places 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.

Early Years Places are now located in over 50 communities across Queensland, making it easy for families to connect with services and support their child’s early development. 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 Places are an easy way for families to access a range of early childhood activities and support from the one welcoming location.

Find an Early Years Place near you


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Last updated 20 November 2020