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Expressions of interest sought for free early learning program

CHILDHOOD education and care services in the Howrah, Oakdowns, Rokeby and Warrane region are been encouraged to partake in an expressions of interest process to deliver a program which offers free early learning for eligible three-year-olds.

Minister for Education and Training Jeremy Rockliff said a review of the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s ‘Working Together – Supporting Early Learning’ pilot, conducted earlier this year, confirmed its success.

He said early positive changes and benefits were observed.

“As a major election commitment and part of our Plan for Education, the pilot offered up to 400 hours of free early education to 51 eligible children across 11 sites, coupled with intensive wrap-around support services for their families,” he said.

“I am heartened by the feedback from families, service providers and the three-year-olds who took part in the pilot.

“Working Together is demonstrating just how much can be achieved when you address the barriers to participation and create opportunities for children to learn, make friends and build confidence.”

The Government will now continue to roll out the initiative across the state, which will see the program expand to 120 placements in 2020, and a total of 240 in 2021.

A Working Together information session will be held in Hobart on 22 October.

For more information, visit www.education.tas.gov.au/wt.