Child Care group leader Roxanne Graham watches Caydence Currie as she works on a clock puzzle.
Child Care group leader Roxanne Graham watches Caydence Currie as she works on a clock puzzle. CHRIS ISON CI

Kindy plan gives kids a head start

FOUR-year-old Caydence Currie is about to get a head start in life.

Caydence attends the Archer Street Child Care Centre, which last week was selected by the Queensland Government to participate in a new pilot Kindergarten Program, starting next year.

The news has excited staff at the centre, the only South Rockhampton one from 100 selected across the state.

Caydence will benefit from the arrival of a qualified early childhood education teacher who will take children in the year before they start school.

The teacher will work Monday to Friday during the school term.

“This means that Archer Street Child Care Centre will be able to offer families a higher quality of education to give children the flying start they deserve,” the centre’s manager, Karly Hawkins, said.

“Our kindergarten program will be aligned with the principles of the recently introduced, national Early Years Learning Framework. Children eligible for the approved kindy program must turn four by the end of June 2010, the year prior to their prep year, and participate in the program for 15 hours per week during the school term.”

She said depending on their circumstances some families would be eligible for more government funding to help them access the program.

Earlier this month The Morning Bulletin reported on concerning figures which showed more than 20% of Rockhampton’s five-year-olds had language and cognitive skills problems.

This figure was well above the state average of 15%.



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