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Remote Kindergarten Appropriation

Purpose

Under the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education 2016-2017 (NP UAECE), the Queensland Government committed to ensuring all children have the opportunity to access kindergarten in the year before school. While more than 95% of Queensland children attend kindergarten, access for children in remote communities remains a challenge, with participation estimated to be approximately 83% in 2015.

The Remote Kindergarten Pilot (the Pilot) provides children in rural and remote communities the opportunity to attend a kindergarten program in a face-to-face environment. The kindergarten program is delivered by the existing classroom teacher in a composite class setting.

Duration of program

The Pilot will be delivered for the 2017 school year.

Policy reference

Schools participating in the Remote Kindergarten Pilot in 2017.

Eligibility

Schools eligible to participate in the Pilot met a number of eligibility criteria, including being at least 50 kilometres from the nearest approved kindergarten program. Eligible schools were invited to submit an Expression of Interest to participate in the Pilot in 2017.

Allocation of funds

PurposeAmountFrequency
Per 0.5 FTE enrolment$50.25per annum
Start up$5,000.00one off
Teacher Aide Allowance$34,838.00per annum
Consumables$1,000.00per annum
Teacher 0.54 FTE (3 identified schools only)$51,680.66per annum
TravelVariousAdhoc

One School cost centre 290600 should be used to expend funds.

Travel costs associated with Professional Development opportunities for Teachers and Teacher Aides such as the Remote Kindergarten Conference will be based on actual travel costs and verified by the Program Manager.

Where the acceptance of kindergarten registrations exceeds the school's capacity, schools may apply for additional resources. These will be considered on a case by case basis and subject to budget considerations.

Three schools have been identified as having kindergarten registrations which will exceed their enrolment capacity in 2017. These schools will receive funding for an additional 0.54 FTE teacher.

Payment details

PaymentDuring month ofProportion of allocation paid
AnnualMarch100%
Adhoc - PD PaymentsIn line with monthly payments100%

Data requirements

Data itemData sourceDue date
Number of kindergarten
children registered
A manual data collection by Early Childhood and Community EngagementManual Collection
Appointment of teacher aideA manual data collection by Early Childhood and Community EngagementBeginning of Term 1
PD AttendanceAttendance RecordAfter PD Completed

Recoupment Policy

Funds are paid on the basis that kindergarten children are registered and attending the Kindergarten Program. Recoupment may be sought if the payment was made in error or where all kindergarten children are non-attendees or exit the school.

Contact

Manager,
Early Years Innovation
Programs and Services
Early Childhood and Community Engagement
Telephone: (07) 3328 6761

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