Home-based schooling and community kindergartens boost…

On Monday, 13th April Queensland parents have been advised school students will be learning from home for the first five weeks of Term 2, with schools only open for the children of essential workers.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said while this was another very difficult decision it was the right one for Queensland while continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“What this means is that from the start of Term 2, all students who can learn from home are to stay at home,” the Premier said.

“This decision provides mums and dads with the clarity they need ahead of the new school term.“It also gives certainty for our hard-working teachers who will be continuing to deliver lessons in a way they might never have imagined.”

Ms Palaszczuk said the move to the home-based learning model would start at the scheduled commencement of Term 2 on Monday 20 April and be in place until at least Friday 22 May.  Further updates on the rest of Term 2 will be provided in due course.

 

Additionally, the Queensland State Government announced a $17 million support package for community kindergartens struggling wiht falling enrolments.  The big funding boost will enable more than 22 000 young children to continue to enjoy a free kindergarten program and the options for learning at home.    The package will assist:

  • 465 community kindergartens to remain operational throughout term 2, including 128 in regional Queensland, often in locations with no other service nearby
  • 2,754 early childhood teachers and educators to continue to be employed
  • More than 22 000 children who will continue to enjoy a kindergarten program (including options for learning at home)
  • and provide certainty for families and children including children with a disability.

The support package also includes the waiving of regulation fees and changing the guidelines to enable services in rural and remote locations who do not have an early childhood teacher to receive payments for this time.