20 Tasmanian Working Together locations revealed for 400 hours of free preschool
Following a successful pilot, the ‘Working Together’ program will see up to 400 hours of free preschool delivered to eligible children from 20 Tasmanian early childhood education and care (ECEC) centres from next year.
Describing the results of the pilot as having seen “incredible results for the participating children and their families,” the announcement comes in the wake of the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to “break down barriers to participation and lift education outcomes in the State,” Tasmanian Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said.
Through the initiative, 120 places will be made available for eligible children in 2020, with a further 120 places opening up in 2021.
An expressions of interest (EOI) process identified the 20 childhood education services to deliver the program, with final selection of service partners based on key criteria, including proximity of the service to children most in need, capacity for Working Together places and quality of service based on the National Quality Standard Quality Areas.
“Working Together has demonstrated the possibilities when barriers to participation are removed and opportunities are created for children to learn, make friends and build confidence,” Mr Rockliff noted.
The successful locations include:
* A co-located service known as ‘Drew St’, East Devonport
* Glen Dhu Children’s Services, Glen Dhu (servicing Invermay)
* CatholicCare Children’s Services, New Town (servicing Moonah)
More information about the Working Together initiative is available here.