TasCOSS are proud to once again be partnering with Working Together — supporting early learning in 2020, helping to develop confident and creative children, who thrive in strong, connected communities.
Working Together is a Tasmanian Government initiative opening up opportunities for children to participate in up to 400 hours of free, quality early learning in the year before they start kindergarten.
Research shows children who are involved in quality early learning have improved educational and life outcomes, with children experiencing high levels of social disadvantage benefitting the most.
One of the parents whose child participated in Working Together during 2019 said, “I have noticed a big change in my son’s social skills and how he is interacting with other children. He loves coming to ‘his school’ and he can’t wait to play with his friends! The educators at the centre are fantastic — as soon as we walk through the door they welcome you and say everything is going to be OK.”
Following the success of the Working Together pilot in 2019, the initiative is expanding to 20 early childhood education and care centres, with 120 places funded for eligible children to engage in quality early learning in 2020.
The rollout of Working Together — supporting early learning in 2020 has commenced, with enrolments now open.
To be eligible to participate in Working Together, children must be three years of age by 1 January 2020 and be in their year before kindergarten. They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Have parents/primary carers who hold a Health Care Card and/or
- Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent and/or
- Receive support or intervention from the Child Safety Service and/or
- Meet two or more criteria under Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDs).
Do you know any families who have a child you believe would be eligible for the initiative in 2020? If so, please contact Lauren Berry, Senior Social Worker, on 0436 922 164 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
 Duncan & Sojourner, 2013; Yazejian, Bryant, Freel & Burchinal, 2015.