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Kindergarten in remote communities

Providing access to kindergarten programs in remote communities in Queensland is a challenge. Large distances and small, dispersed populations mean some communities are not able to support a local community kindergarten or long day care service.

International and national research shows that young children with access to a quality kindergarten program have improved social, emotional, language and physical skills and are better prepared for a successful transition to school.

Kindergarten is offered in identified Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and in eligible remote communities where the school is at least 50 km (by the most direct route by road) from an approved kindergarten service.

These kindergarten programs provide access to a face-to-face program which allows children opportunities to socialise with their peers—an important part of achieving positive learning outcomes in early childhood.

In 2019, approximately 620 children attend 1 of 88 kindergarten programs operating in remote state schools across the state. By 2020, the number of kindergarten programs operating in state schools will increase to 99.

Participation in the programs is free for eligible children, and participating state schools receive extra resources for an inclusive and quality early childhood education program.

Kindergarten is valued by school communities for its positive impact on children's learning and social outcomes. Kindergarten helps to strengthen the relationship families and communities have with their school and enhances opportunities for family support and inclusion.

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Last updated
28 October 2019