Preschool to Prep chronology
Preschool to Prep: a brief chronology of the development and provision of early childhood education in Queensland, with an emphasis on the participation of the Queensland Government.
- The preparatory grade was abolished and preparatory work was included, with “readiness” work only being done, in the first 6 months of schooling.
- The Queensland Government announced plans to introduce non-compulsory, free, pre-school education for all children aged 4-5.
- Division of Preschool Education was established. Gerald Ashby was appointed as Director of Preschool Education.
- The first State preschools were opened at Murgon, Chermside, Darra and Murrarie. By the end of the year 42 preschools had been completed.
- A preschool unit was opened at the Royal Children's Hospital.
- The Preschool Correspondence Program was inaugurated.
- SPAN playgroups initiated with approximately 40 community-based playgroups for geographically isolated children.
- Further hospital preschool units were opened at the Mater Hospital and the Townsville Hospital.
- Early Childhood Drama project initiated by La Boite theatre to introduce preschool children to educational theatre.
- Responsibility for the Brisbane Kindergarten Teacher's College was transferred to the state government.
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