Working Together — supporting early learning

TasCOSS has partnered with the State Government’s Working Together — supporting early learning initiative to support confident and creative children to thrive in strong, connected communities.

Working Together offers free, quality early learning for eligible three year olds, plus extra support for their families. In 2021, the initiative will fund 120 places across seven local government areas:

  • Burnie
  • Devonport
  • Launceston
  • Brighton
  • Glenorchy
  • Kingborough
  • Southern Midlands (Bagdad)

Community service organisations are encouraged to refer families they believe would benefit from Working Together. Due to limited places, referral prior to Christmas 2020 is encouraged. Referrals can be made by completing the online referral form.

An evaluation published by TasCOSS earlier this year, reported that children who took part in Working Together had gained skills that contributed to their successful transition to Kindergarten. Families reported that their children had:

  • Improvements in confidence and independence,
  • Made advances in communication and self-regulation; and
  • Formed friendships.

Working Together is delivered in partnership with selected early learning centres across Tasmania. There are 19 early learning partners delivering the program in 2021.

To take part in 2021, children must be:

  • Three years old by 1 January 2021; and
  • Not currently enrolled in childcare.

Children must also meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Have parents/primary carers who hold a Health Care Card,
  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent,
  • Receive support or interventions from the Child Safety Service; and/or
  • Meet two or more criteria under Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)

Is there a family you believe would be eligible to take part in 2021?

Working Together welcomes referrals. To refer families, please:

To learn more about Working Together, visit: