Some exciting concepts were presented at our most recent Leadership Table when we discussed our proposed approach to support high quality early childhood education for kids in Logan.
The proposal was the result of a partnership between Logan Together and the Department of Education and Training South East Region’s Quality Beginnings, Quality Futures governance group. The document localises some of the key strategies from the DET resource “Supporting successful transitions – school decision making tool”.
Logan Together Director Matthew Cox said access to and participation in quality early childhood education had been shown to be an important factor in improving children’s successful transition to school.
“The experiences kids have between 0 – 3 in particular really imprint on brain development, language and literacy, social and emotional resilience and lifelong learning capabilities. Participation in quality early childhood education improves these skills and helps set them up for a smoother, more positive transition to school,” Matthew said.
The proposal focuses on the establishment of several “proof of concept sites” where strategies would be put into practice with transdisciplinary support from child health and social service agencies. Currently sites being considered include Eagleby, Yarrabilba and the Kingston/Creastmead/Marsden area.
Each site would involve a network of local primary schools and their feeder early childhood education centres to create a natural community of interest. Strategies focussing on professional development, transition to school, early detection and support of developmental issues, and engaging and empowering the parent and carer community would all operate together.
Supporting a terrific transition to school for kids and their families at each site is the primary outcome for the approach.
“This proposal has some great ideas and we are keen to work with our partners and other stakeholders to further fine tune it,” Matthew said.
The concept will be progressed through our child and family and education chapters for further review and development.
If you would like more information on the proposal or would like to do some work to develop it further please get in touch with our Community Solutions Leader Matt Statham at Matt.Statham@griffith.edu.au