Early learning access for Tasmanian children

At the invitation of the Department of Education in Tasmania, TACSI facilitated a co-design process with families and early childhood education and care service providers in five Tasmanian locations. The goal? To shape the Working Together for Three-Year-Olds (WT3) initiative.

WT3 is a Tasmanian Government initiative that gives eligible three-year-olds the opportunity to participate in free, quality early learning. In 2019, WT3 is being piloted with service partners across five Tasmanian locations, with 50 open places in 12 early learning centres.

Background

Each year, there are approximately 2,500 three-year-olds in Tasmania who don’t attend centre-based early learning. Many children can’t access these opportunities due to barriers such as cost, access to transport options and parents or carers who may experience anxiety and depression including fear of judgement.

Our approach

We worked in partnership with the Department of Education in Tasmania, Clear Horizons and The Tasmanian Council of Social Services (TasCOSS) to break down some of these barriers and make early learning more accessible for three-year-olds.

We used an evidence-based co-design approach to build a program with families that works for families. We built on the principle that people and communities have the wisdom and lived experience to play an active role in decisions that affect them by working in partnership with families, children, early childhood education and care service providers and communities.

Download the WT3 summary report