The Department of Education has completed a review of the Working Together for 3 Year Olds (WT3) pilot to which TasCOSS contributed findings from our conversations with participating families. The Minister has announced that the initiative will commence implementation next year under an new title — Working Together (WT).
WT will grow in stages, opening up 120 places per year in Year One (2020) and Year Two (2021). In addition to the existing nine pilot suburbs, a further 17 locations will be involved in 2020-21:
Devonport, East Devonport, Newnham, Glenorchy, Moonah, Claremont, New Norfolk, Kingston, Blackmans Bay, Invermay, Mowbray, Newstead, Ravenswood, Clarendon Vale, Rokeby, Warrane, Oakdowns, Howrah, Bridgewater, Gagebrook, Herdsmans Cove, Brighton, Burnie, Acton, Shorewell Park, Somerset.
For Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services interested in offering WT in 2020, EOIs are open until Thursday 31 October 2019. The project team is facilitating a series of regional information sessions to meet with people interested in collaborating for shared purpose through WT.
- South — Hobart (22 Oct)
- North-West — Devonport (28 Oct)
- North — Launceston (29 Oct)
TasCOSS will continue to talk to participating families to contribute to an evaluation of the 2019 pilot year and 2020 delivery period. To find out more about the pilot and the implementation plan for 2020-21 or to register for the information sessions, visit the Tasmanian Department of Education website or contact the WT team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.