Re­mote kin­der­garten pro­gram to be ex­tended

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

QUEENS­LAND’S Re­mote Kin­der­garten Pro­gram will be ex­panded into 30 more Queens­land state schools over the next two years, Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Grace Grace an­nounced.

“The Re­mote Kin­der­garten Pi­lot has been very suc­cess­ful in help­ing achieve this aim, with 239 chil­dren across 38 schools ben­e­fit­ing since it be­gan in 2016; so we’ll now tran­si­tion from a pi­lot phase into a full, on­go­ing pro­gram from the start of 2019,” she said.

“Ex­pand­ing into 30 more schools will pro­vide much-needed ac­cess to kin­der­garten for more than 100 ex­tra chil­dren in re­mote ar­eas that are lo­cated more than 50km from the near­est kin­der­garten ser­vice.”

Pres­i­dent of the Iso­lated Chil­dren’s Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion, Tam­mie Irons, said she wel­comed not only the ex­pan­sion of the Re­mote Kin­der­garten Pro­gram, but the on­go­ing cer­tainty pro­vided to schools in­volved in the pi­lot.

“Face-to-face ed­u­ca­tion is so im­por­tant for chil­dren liv­ing in ru­ral and re­mote parts of Queens­land and the ex­pan­sion of this pro­gram will en­sure more kids have ac­cess to it,” Ms Irons said.

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