Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

17 June 2020

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Supporting early learners to ‘bounce back’

The Tasmanian Government is supporting early years students to ‘Bounce Back to Learning at School’ after learning at home due to COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the program for students in Kindergarten to Year 2, additional classroom support will be provided by early learning educators, who will work in partnership with teachers to identify learner needs, provide resources and tailored learning opportunities.

The program also includes a Talk and Read Project which will provide almost 8000 families with materials to engage learners and their families at home.

It will provide information which encourages oral language interaction and storytelling between parents/carers and their children, addressing missed opportunities for families to experience face to face learning through our Launching into Learning sessions.

Oral language is the foundational skill on which all other learning occurs, and we know that by targeting the skills and strategies involved in speaking and listening we are supporting children to become confident learners.

Children learn to communicate by interacting with their family, school and community, which is why the program aims to make a huge difference to a child’s oral language skills and their ability to communicate effectively.

We recognise that investing in the first 1000 days of a child’s life can set them up for the brightest future possible, especially for those who are disadvantaged or vulnerable.

That’s why we have a strong focus on the early years and will continue to invest in the foundational years of a young child’s life to ensure all children in Tasmania have the best start possible.

One of our major investments in the early years includes developing six new Child and Family Learning Centres in partnership with local communities as part of our Rebuilding Tasmania Infrastructure Investment.

An additional $7 million of capital funding was announced last week, taking the total to $28 million, to ensure we deliver high quality facilities that meet the service needs.

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