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Launching into Learning

Launching into Learning is a free program for young children (Birth – 4 years old) and their families. It helps parents and their child get to know their local school and other families.

They operate in all Tasmanian Government primary and district schools and Child and Family Centres.

Launching into Learning programs support children with their development in an atmosphere of fun and creativity and helps children transition into Kindergarten.

Schools focus on the needs of their community and make connections with other groups, services and agencies in their area.

When you spend time playing with your child at Launching into Learning you make a real difference to their future.
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B4 Early Years Coalition

Support for young children and their families is a whole of community responsibility. The B4 Early Years Coalition brings together different groups and individuals to think about what we want for our youngest citizens and how the community can work together to achieve these common goals. This includes the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to providing quality early learning and development experiences for all young children, regardless of where they live or their family background.

The Coalition is co-chaired by the past Chair of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation, Elizabeth Daly and the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children Mark Morrissey, both who are passionate supporters for Tasmania’s children and the importance of the early years in influencing the future life chances of our young people.
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Child and Family Centres

Child and Family Centres (CFCs) are designed for children from birth to age 5 and their families.

They are places where you and your child can go to have fun, be supported and access health and wellbeing services.

CFCs give parents/carers the support they need to be the best parent/carer they can be. Parents and carers will make new friends, get help and advice and have fun with their child.

Mums, dads, grandparents and carers are all welcome at CFCs with the children in their lives.

There are 12 CFCs around Tasmania.

Supporting your child’s learning before they begin school gives them a greater chance of success in the future.
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LINC Early Years Programs

LINC Tasmania offers opportunities for family literacy – adults and children learning together – at sites throughout the state. Visiting your local LINC regularly with your children will help give them a love of learning, books and reading from an early age. At LINC you will find board books, picture books and music for you and your babies and children to enjoy together. LINC staff can help you choose books to suit the age of your child. You can also find Baby Book Packs, which have five books chosen for specific age groups in bright, colourful and sturdy bags. You can enjoy the books on site in our comfortable welcoming children’s areas, or you can join LINC Tasmania for free and borrow them to use at home. And don’t worry, LINC staff understand that babies are sometimes a bit rough with books, and accidents happen. That’s okay – touching and exploring books is all part of developing literacy.

LINC Tasmania also has a wide range of books and online resources about parenting.

Many LINC Tasmania sites have regular free 30-minute Rock and Rhyme and Storytime sessions. These are fun for kids and give parents and carers lots of great ideas about how to help develop children’s language and literacy at home. Rock and Rhyme is ideal for babies up to two years of age. It helps develop their listening, memory and word skills through singing, action rhymes and simple stories, which babies love. Storytime is aimed at pre-schoolers aged between two and five years. It encourages interaction with stories and rhymes and shows parents how to share books with their kids. Have a look at the LINC website, or pop into your local LINC to find out when these sessions are on.
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Kindergarten

Kindergarten is a valuable experience for children, where they learn through play and activities planned by a teacher and guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) for Australia. The EYLF has a strong emphasis on play-based learning, and is the framework that guides the curriculum offered in Kindergarten settings.

Your child is eligible to attend Kindergarten if they are four years old on 1 January in any year. They are part of primary schools, and your child will attend Kindergarten for 15 hours a week.

Children at Kindergarten learn from adults and other children, learn personal independence, and develop confidence, social skills and literacy and numeracy skills.
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Learning in Families Together (LIFT)

Learning in Families Together (LIFT) is an initiative that builds confidence and skills in parents and carers in order to support their children’s literacy and numeracy learning at home. It encourages collaboration between home, school and the community to help lift learning outcomes for students.

It is for families in selected schools with children in Kindergarten to Year 2 at no cost to the family.

Working together with the school, you can make a real difference to your child’s learning. We know that active, engaged parents have a significant impact on increasing learning and development outcomes for children.

Children learn everywhere, not just at school, and LIFT provides opportunities for you to be actively involved in your child’s learning.
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Education and Care

Education and care settings are dedicated to providing high quality care and educational programs for children in a safe, secure, challenging and nurturing environment. These programs promote learning environments that are rich, flexible and encourage learning, curiosity, creativity and exploration.

All education and care services are regulated by the Department of Education’s Education and Care Unit (ECU). Tasmanian services under the National Quality Framework (NQF) are quality assessed and rated by the ECU; these ratings are publicly available to assist families in choosing settings and programs that meet their needs.

Families can be confident that regulated services are required to meet high standards that support the health, safety and wellbeing of children who attend.
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