There is a growing body of research into benefits of quality, early childhood play-based educational opportunities for children before they reach formal schooling. In response to this the Tasmanian Department of Education (DoE) announced the Working Together for 3 Year Olds initiative.
Working Together for 3 Year Olds (WT3) will provide eligible 3 year old children with the opportunity to participate in government-subsidised quality pre-school programs for 400 hours a year. These programs will be delivered by accredited services in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector, or government schools in communities where no ECEC facility is available. The program is being co-designed with stakeholders.
A pilot of the initiative is running from March to December 2019 across five locations — Devonport, Launceston, New Norfolk, Glenorchy and Kingborough. WT3 will then start to scale up across Tasmania from 2020.
TasCOSS has partnered with the Department of Education to lead family engagement with WT3, and to contribute to an evaluation of the initiative. Our role in the evaluation is to talk with and listen to families enrolled in the pilot to ensure that their voices are at the centre of the ongoing co-design process.
Involved families will be invited to take part in regular conversations with us to talk about their experiences, what’s working well about WT3, and what could be improved. Parents and carers will receive a voucher for each conversation to recognise the value of their time and expertise.
For more information contact Liam Dunn, Education Policy Officer, by email or on (03) 6169 9519.