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.
TasCOSS has partnered with the DoE to consult with parents, carers and children to support and enable their voices, as key stakeholders, to be heard in the co-design process and evaluation.
We are having conversations with parents, carers and children around the state to hear what makes it easier or harder to take their kids to early learning activities, whether in child care centres or other places in the community.
The conversations can be one-on-one or in groups and usually run for about an hour.
Families will also be invited to stay involved in the project, for example by being part of conversations with service providers and early years teachers to help design programs that will work for families, or by enrolling their child in a trial of the programs in 2019. Parents and carers will receive a voucher for participation in the consultations. Child care and interpreters are available if required.
For more information contact Dr Charlie Burton, Manager Policy, firstname.lastname@example.org or 6169 9514.