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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Minister offers more support for QLD kindy kids

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Minister offers more support for QLD kindy kids

    The Newman Government is encouraging kindergarten services throughout Queensland to apply for extra funding to support children with a disability.

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said more than 170 kindergarten services had already shared in approximately $1.2 million in round one of the new Disability Support Funding program (DSF).

    “More than 260 children will benefit from the round one funding. Even more children with a disability have the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of kindy, as the second funding round is now open,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “I encourage kindergarten services with newly enrolled eligible children or recently diagnosed children with a disability to apply for funding under this second round.

    “Services can offer professional development to educators, employ additional special needs assistants with this money, or buy or hire specialised equipment and resources so they can deliver inclusive early childhood education programs.”

    Applications for round two close on July 27, 2012 and central governing bodies will distribute funding to their member services.

    Kindergarten services can receive between $2,000 and $6,000 to support children with a suspected or diagnosed disability to participate in kindergarten programs.

    Mr Langbroek said the Newman Government was working hard to ensure that all four-year-old children, no matter where they lived or what their circumstances or ability, could participate in a quality kindergarten program.

    “The funding available for 2012 represents a significant increase in disability support funding for kindergarten services since 2010,” he said.

    “This additional investment is supporting the growing number of children with a disability enrolling in the new kindergarten services at state and non-state schools.

    “The Newman Government continues to support kindergarten services to deliver inclusive programs that reflect their community’s diverse needs.”

    For more information or to download a DSF Program application form and guide, visit www.qld.gov.au/kindyor email disability.supportfunding@deta.qld.gov.au

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