Education boost for Queensland

EARLY childhood education is about to get a $48.7 million boost in Queensland after the state achieved a 28% boost in preschool enrolments last year.

Federal Education Minister Peter Garrett said Queensland had comfortably met its targets under the Early Childhood National Partnership Agreement.

The Queensland National Partnership annual report reveals that, in 2011, 68% of children were enrolled in a preschool program in the year before full-time school, up from 40% in 2010, and 65% of children were enrolled for 15 hours per week, up from 55 per cent in 2010.

Mr Garrett said the Federal Government had invested $154.4 million in early childhood education in Queensland.

"The Australian and Queensland governments have both committed to providing access to a quality early childhood education program for all children by mid 2013," Mr Garrett said.

"Queensland has shown a strong commitment to national preschool access targets, with strong improvements in its enrolment rate and the hours per week children attend."



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