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Providing early learning opportunities for every child

We know that families from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds face challenges accessing and participating in kindergarten. Since it commenced in July 2017, the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Early Childhood Pilot has been working to address these barriers by providing support to both families and kindergarten services in targeted locations in South East Queensland.

In a Queensland first, subsidies are available to help families. Specialised teachers and bi-cultural support workers help families and kindergarten services to work in partnership. The approach is innovative and inclusive—combining playgroups, learning English, early childhood development and early intervention. It also delivers professional development opportunities to help early childhood educators build their capability to support Queensland's increasingly culturally diverse communities.

Engagement in the pilot—a partnership between the Queensland Government and Access and Multicultural Development Australia—is growing and ensures refugee and asylum seeker families can access responsive early learning. Now in its second year of operation, the pilot has engaged more than 500 families in playgroup activities and enrolled more than 230 children in kindergarten programs. Educators and schools are reporting that children who participated in the pilot in 2018 started Prep with improved readiness for learning.

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Last updated
09 September 2020