The Liberals have committed to build six new Early Learning Hubs, co-locating Child and Family Centre-like services, childcare centres, and K-2 education. These hubs are to be located in Sorell, Kingborough, Glenorchy, East Tamar, West Ulverstone and Waratah-Wynyard.
The policy states “4 of them will be operational by 2024.”
As these are to be located on the premises of existing schools, the proposal appears to be for the construction of Child and Family Centre-like service hubs and childcare centres in these communities.
Tasmania’s Child and Family Centres have been supported by multiple independent evaluations, and perfectly fit the criteria of supporting a strong future for Tasmanians and being equitable and evidence-based.
However, at least part of their success appears to be in their novel, non-school-like approach to community building. There needs to be an evidence base around replicating these successes while co-located on a school campus, including the role of programmes such as Launching into Learning. These solutions may be different for different communities.
Notably, the long time horizon for the Hubs’ opening pushes much of this investment into a subsequent term of government.
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