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Giving Every Child a Great Start

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Purpose

To support improved early childhood education outcomes across the state to ensure that all Queensland children are getting a great start in life.

This funding will support activities to maximise continuity and alignment of initiatives across Kindergarten to Prep. Funds will be provided to selected schools to employ a range of staff who will undertake activities and strategies as identified by each region as part of their Giving Every Child a Great Start regional strategy.

Funding in 2021 is directed to clusters of schools with funding being held by a particular school where program staff members are located.

Funding in 2021 is provided directly to each region to manage and ensure the program outcomes are achieved. 

Duration of program

2021

Eligibility

State Schools that are hosting program staff.

Allocation of funds

The total program budget is $6.6 million over the 2021 calendar year.

There will be a maximum of $1M allocated to a region for the calendar year.

Regions will provide funding to schools who host key program staff to implement program initiatives to service the region. Host schools will be identified based on location, capacity to implement program initiatives and ability to service the region. Length of recruitment for each position will be determined by the region based on ability to meet program outcomes.

Regions will also keep some funding to manage the budget and oversee the progress of the program.

Payment details

Payments will be made to the identified host schools subject to recruitment of positions or renegotiation of contracts (the timing for which will be negotiated with regions). The Principal of the host school will be informed of the arrangements by the Early Childhood Education and Care Director in the relevant region once funding decisions (including about timing) are made.

Data requirements

​Data item
​Data source
​Due date
​Regional information 
​Data dashboard
​Quarterly

How to apply

Schools do not need to apply for this funding. Entitlements will be automatically calculated and paid.

Further Information

The Early Childhood and Community Engagement Division and the State Schools Division recognises the opportunity to deliver key strategic messages for the full range of leaders about the importance of prioritising early childhood education, establishing clear expectations while recognising the need for scope for localised neighbourhood, cluster and individual school implementation. The divisions are focused on building multi-levelled leadership to create and sustain change in practice in the early years as a department priority.

This focus on the alignment of K-P priorities within the department brings greater cohesion across the early years leading to enhanced continuity of learning and development for young learners, stronger partnerships between divisions, portfolios, sectors and systems and a shared vision for quality teaching and learning outcomes for all Queensland children.

Contact

Quality and Workforce
Early Learning and Development
Telephone: (07) 3055 2786

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Last updated 22 February 2021