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Federal Funding to Flow for Kindergartens in 2018

04 May 2017

Queensland children will continue to have federal support to access up to 15 hours of kindergarten per week after the Australian Government announced the continuation of funding in 2018.

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) today welcomed the announcement by Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham that the Turnbull Government would extend the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education by a further year.

Mr Birmingham made the announcement during his address to the National Press Club of Australia in Canberra.

ISQ Executive Director David Robertson said the funding extension would benefit more than 110 Queensland independent schools that deliver a Pre-Prep education program, either through a sessional kindergarten or long day care service.

“This additional year of funding support will give early education services, their teachers and parents certainty to plan ahead for the next year,” Mr Robertson said.

“Research has consistently confirmed the critical importance the early years of education play in developing a child’s social and emotional behaviour and building their early literacy and numeracy skills,” he said.

“ISQ looks forward to working with the Australian and Queensland Governments on developing a long-term early childhood education agreement and funding guarantee that gives all children access to quality early learning programs and the best start in life.”

Media contact: Justine Nolan M: 0428 612 315 E: jnolan@isq.qld.edu.au

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