Keith Pitt MP Federal Member for HINKLER

Language learning for pre-schoolers in Hinkler

Around 540 children at 15 preschools in the Hinkler electorate will be given the opportunity to learn a second language this year, thanks to the Coalition Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said it was encouraging to see to see so many Hinkler preschools taking part in the program.

"We know the positive impact learning a second language can have on a child’s engagement and development," Mr Pitt said.

"This will be the start of a life-long interest in language learning for Hinkler children while at the same time boosting their English and problem-solving skills.

The program, which is backed by $15.7 million in funding from the Coalition Government, now includes nine languages, with the introduction of Hindi and Modern Greek this year, in addition to Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said more than 80,000 children at almost 2,500 preschools across the country will take part in the program.

"The enthusiastic feedback we’ve been getting from educators and parents means this year we’ll have record numbers of children learning a second language in our preschools," Minister Birmingham said.

"Exposure to another language and culture can have significant benefits on children from a young age – it expands their horizons and opens up exciting opportunities around the world when they reach the workforce."

ELLA began as a small trial of 41 preschools in 2015 and is a digital, play-based program where preschool children use a series of interactive applications (apps).

It is designed for use by educators who do not have formal language training and extensive support, training and resources is provided to assist educators in the effective delivery of early language learning and cultural awareness.

The Coalition Government has also provided 1,000 support grants of $500 since 2017 to contribute towards the purchase of tablet devices to support participation by preschools in disadvantaged areas.

More details about the program can be found at www.ella.edu.au.

 

Preschool name

Language

LEAD Childcare Bargara

Japanese

LEAD Childcare Bundaberg

Spanish

Cradle to Crayons Kindergarten Program

Spanish

Eastside Little Learners Child Care

Japanese

Frogtastic Educational Kindergarten and Childcare

Japanese

Torquay Kids

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chrysalis Early Learning Centre

Japanese

Acorn Child Care

Chinese (Mandarin)

Goodstart Early Learning Dundowran

Chinese (Mandarin)

Acorn East

Italian

Bundaberg Early Learning Centre

Spanish

Goodstart Early Learning Bundaberg Takalvan St

Japanese

Condy Park Preschool and Kindergarten

Indonesian

Fraser Coast Anglican College Early Learning Centre

Chinese (Mandarin)

Burrum Kids R Us Child Care Centre

Japanese

Authorised by Keith Pitt, Federal Member for Hinkler, 41b Woongarra Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670

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