CHILDREN in regional areas will have greater access to early childhood education as the State Government prepares to roll out 25 new kindergartens across Queensland.
Fifteen of the kindergartens will be built on state school sites while 10 will be erected on private school sites, long-day care centres and at existing kindergartens.
Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said the kindergartens had been located in areas with the greatest need, including far north, central and south west communities.
"This careful planning will ensure that children in regional and rural communities have the same opportunities before they start school as those in the south-east corner," he said.
Mr Langbroek quotes research which showed children who participate in a quality early childhood education program are better prepared to start school
"The planning process for these 25 new kindergartens is now underway, and comes in addition to the 19 kindergartens that are nearing completion now and are due to open this year," he said.
The kindergartens will open in 2014.
2014 KINDERGARTEN SITES
State school sites
- Aurukun Campus of Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy
- Blackwater North State School
- Brightwater State School
- Collingwood Park State School
- Fernvale State School
- Glenden State School
- Gordonvale State School
- Jinibara State School
- Lakes Creek State School
- Mango Hill State School
- Marian State School
- Serviceton South State School•
- Undurba State School
- Waraburra State School
- Wynnum State School
Non-state sites (exact location TBC):
- Forest Lake
- Murrumba Downs
- North Lakes
- Redbank Plains
- Redland Bay