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Free Pre-school for three year olds

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

The Hodgman Liberal Government’s ground breaking initiative for free preschool for three year olds has commenced with pilot programs underway in five communities around the state.

Eleven Early Learning Centres in Glenorchy, Devonport, Kingborough, Derwent Valley and Launceston are piloting the program this year with 50 children to receive 10-15 hours per week of free early learning.

Investing in early years of education can set our children up for the brightest future possible, particularly those who are vulnerable.

Working Together for 3 Year Olds sees Tasmania become the first state in the country to implement an approach that not only funds places for children in early learning centres, but also provides holistic support.

Children are eligible if their family has a Health Care Card, or are engaged with Child Safety, or if they are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

Throughout the pilot, families, service partners, and others involved will trial a range of approaches and provide input.

From 2020 we will roll out this opportunity to all eligible three year olds.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is investing $2.27 million to support the co-design, which is backed by the strong body of evidence that shows a child’s experiences and environment in their first years will shape their life.

All three year olds deserve the opportunity to experience early learning, no matter what their circumstances are.

Eligible families are encouraged to contact the centre closest to them to find out more: www.education.tas.gov.au/wt3