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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    New kindy services fast-tracked to open in 2012


    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Education and Training
    The Honourable Geoff Wilson

    Thursday, February 17, 2011

    New kindy services fast-tracked to open in 2012

    More Queensland children will get a flying start in their education in 2012 with the locations of a further 28 quality kindergarten services announced today.

    The kindergartens are part of the State Government’s $321 million election commitment to establish up to 240 extra kindergarten services across the state by 2014.

    Premier Anna Bligh and Education and Training Minister Geoff Wilson said the 28 services to be co-located at state schools had been fast-tracked.

    “These 28 services were originally scheduled to open in 2013 and 2014 but have been brought forward to ensure more Queensland children benefit from a quality early childhood education,” said the Premier.

    “As we rebuild the state after the terrible natural disasters we must not forget the essential programs our Government is rolling out to make Queensland better for future generations.

    “We believe Kindergarten provides a strong educational plank to ensure children get a flying start to learning and life.

    “This is part of the Bligh Government’s commitment to provide universal access to a quality kindergarten service for all Queensland kids in the year before Prep.

    “The 28 kindergarten services are in addition to the 17 services we are opening this year and the six which were set up in 2010.”

    Education Minister Geoff Wilson said total of 108 extra kindergarten services will open in state and non-state schools by 2012.

    “Having co-located services means a smoother transition to Prep for children because they are already familiar with the school environment,” he said.

    “It’s also convenient for parents who have school-aged children as they can do drop-offs and pick-ups at the same location.

    “National and international research has found experiences in the early years of life have long-term impacts on health, learning and behaviour.

    “A quality early childhood education and care program, such as kindergarten, creates the stimulating and nurturing environment children need to thrive.”

    Further locations of kindergarten services to open at Catholic and Independent schools in 2012 will be announced in coming weeks.

    Community information sessions will be held across the state in major cities for interested stakeholders and will commence from mid-March. For more information, visit


    Additional state schools with new kindergarten services to open in 2012:

    Banksia Beach State School

    Beaudesert State School

    Berserker Street State School (Rockhampton)

    Bundaberg South State School

    Caloundra State School

    Canungra State School

    Clermont State School

    Crescent Lagoon State School (Rockhampton)

    Crows Nest State School

    Eagleby South State School

    Gympie South State School

    Hatton Vale State School (Laidley)

    Highland Reserve State School (double unit) (Coomera)

    Kirwan State School

    Kruger State School (Goodna)

    Kuluin State School (Sunshine Coast)

    Mackay North State School

    Mountain Creek State School (Sunshine Coast)

    Mount Warren Park State School (Logan)

    Queens Beach State School (Bowen)

    Regents Park State School (Logan)

    Stretton State College (extra service)

    Tannum Sands State School (Gladstone)

    Waterford State School

    White Rock State School (Cairns)

    Woodcrest State College (Springfield)

    Slade Point State School (Mackay) to open in 2011 (brought forward from 2012)

    Media contact: Thea Phillips 0400 232 341