Attendance at community kindergartens throughout the Scenic Rim will be free during Term 2 of the school year.
The funding boost was announced by Premier Anna Palaszczuk and applies to the 22,000 children attending community kindergartens throughout Queensland. There will also be options available for children learning at home.
“Without these extra funds, sadly many community kindergartens already facing falling enrolment numbers could be forced to close their doors, possibly never to open again,” the Premier said.
“Early years education is a critical part of our efforts to give every young Queenslander a great start.
“Our vital one-off funding will now support 465 Queensland community kindergartens right across the state to stay open in term 2 and, importantly, to enable them to provide their programs free of charge for families for this period.
“It also provides confidence and certainty for the nearly 3,000 staff and kindy children’s families across this vital sector.”
The extra funding package is in line with the Federal Government announcement of free childcare.
Education Minister Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government has been consulting with the sector.
“The additional funding will cover wages and on-costs for an Early Childhood Teacher and an Assistant early childhood teacher required to directly deliver a kindergarten program for the next 10 weeks of term 2.”
The support package also includes the waiving of regulation fees and changing the guidelines to enable services in rural and remote locations which do not have an early childhood teacher to receive payments for this time.