The POM will support high-quality practice by equipping teachers and educators with access to a validated assessment tool for voluntary use to inform children’s learning.
New national learning progressions and a new national tool will align with approved frameworks such as the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework (V2.0 2022).
A national trial of the POM will take place in 2025. Development work on the national tool and learning progressions will be undertaken in the first half of 2024, and the second half of 2024 will be dedicated to preparing services involved in the trial.
States and territories can choose how they wish to participate in the trial—either through trialling the new national tool, or an existing tool aligned to the national learning progressions. The Queensland Government will invite services to take part in the trial, which will be voluntary.
The Queensland Government has been working intensively with the Australian Council of Educational Research and the sector since 2021 on the development of a Queensland Kindergarten Learning Progression Tool. The Kindergarten Learning Progression Tool has been developed, refined and validated across several trials. Educators and teachers have been actively involved in the co-designed practice supports. The tool is aligned with the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline and the Early Years Learning Framework V2.0.
More information on the
Preschool Outcomes Measure is available on the Australian Government’s website.