Minister for Early Childhood Education Leslie Williams today opened an innovative pilot program at Tamworth’s Hillvue Public School that will demonstrate how partnerships between public schools and early learning providers can enhance outcomes for children from regional areas.


The new Early Learning Engagement Centre located at the school aims to make it easier for early childhood educators and primary school teachers to work together and share information.


“The centre will work closely with the community to develop a range of programs that best suit the needs of young children in Tamworth – such as early literacy and numeracy programs, a transition to school program, and links with health and wellbeing services,” Mrs Williams said.


The NSW Government has invested $135,000 to establish the new centre, delivering on an election commitment to support partnerships between public schools and early childhood providers.


An evaluation of the pilot will assess the value of collaborative models to improving key indicators of educational performance, including participation rates in local preschool programs and teacher and parent feedback.


Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson welcomed the pilot, which will run from Term 3 this year and continue into 2017.


“We know that a quality early childhood education sets children up for success at school, so I am delighted that children and parents in Tamworth will benefit from this important pilot” Mr Anderson concluded.

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