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Optimising outcomes for children

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Quality early learning experiences are essential to help your children to thrive, and to help us meet the government's objective to give all our children a great start, set out in Our Future State: Advancing Queensland's Priorities

Over the past 10 years, the Queensland Government has worked with the early childhood and not-for-profit sectors to achieve great outcomes for Queensland children.

Ten years ago, when the basis for the current funding arrangments were developed, only 29% of children participated in kindergarten. Today, that figure exceeds 95%, however rates remain lower for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children from vulnerable communities. 

In 2009, 29.6% of Queensland children were developmentally vulnerable on 1 or more domains of the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). Less than a decade later, this has dropped to 25.9% but remains higher than the national average.

Independent review

The Queensland Government wants every Queensland child to have the opportunity to access early learning and development programs that will set them up for success later in life.

Optimising outcomes for children is an independent review of the Department of Education's early childhood education funding and delivery arrangements.

We have engaged Deloitte Access Economics to undertake the review which will guide the department's future investment decisions and support the development of contemporary funding and delivery arrangements that optimise outcomes for children.

Terms of Reference for the review (PDF, 60KB)(DOCX, 70KB) are publicly available.

Stakeholder consultation

Deloitte Access Economics is currently talking with key stakeholders, early years services and hearing from the families which use these services, through a series of targeted and comprehensive consultation forums.

The consultation process is anticipated to be completed by mid October 2019.

If you have any questions in relation to the review please contact Deloitte Access Economics via email at qldecereview@deloitte.com.au or phone (07) 3308 7373.

Frequently asked questions

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Last updated 20 September 2019