A Wiggly good time for Queensland families with free kindy from 2024
Published Thursday, 16 November, 2023 at 11:51 AM
Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing
The Honourable Grace Grace
- The Wiggles will partner with Queensland Government on Free Kindy initiatives
- The partnership worth $135,000 will support the state-wide campaign currently underway
- The Wiggles will drive the message home to Queensland families that kindy is free from 1 January 2024
- Free kindy marks a historic State Government reform, with a $645 million investment over four years
The Palaszczuk Government is partnering with The Wiggles to deliver the exciting news about free kindy to Queensland families.
The Wiggles are joining the government’s campaign to ensure all families have the information they need to enrol in free kindy from 2024.
Heading on tour in December, The Wiggles will reach over 33,000 families across the state in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, and Brisbane, as part of the Wiggly Big Day Out Tour.
The tour will see the Wiggles sharing the free kindy message with Queensland families, along with giveaway tickets and a chance for some lucky families to meet them backstage.
The Wiggles’ free kindy message will also be shared across social media and other digital platforms, encouraging families to search and find their nearest free kindy program.
The Palaszczuk Government’s free kindy initiative will provide cost of cost-of-living relief to Queensland families of up to $4,600 a year.
It will give an additional 50,000 families access to a quality early childhood education in the year before Prep for 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year.
Kindy is available to children aged four years old by 30 June in the year before they start Prep, and some five-year-olds who attend a government-approved kindergarten.
Families will benefit from free kindy if they go to a sessional kindergarten or kindergarten in a long day care service.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education Grace Grace:
“Free kindy is on the way for Queensland families in 2024 and who better to spread the message than The Wiggles.
“Finding your nearest free kindy provider is quick and easy and I know there are many Queensland families who can’t wait to benefit from this great initiative.
“It’s absolutely fantastic to have The Wiggles supporting our free kindy program during a tour which will reach thousands of people.
“At each location there are tickets to give away to four families, with one lucky family at each concert getting the chance to meet the Wiggles in person backstage.”
Quotes attributable to Blue Wiggle Anthony Field:
“We’re proud to partner with the Queensland Government to promote the important message that kindy is free for all families from 2024.”
“For over 30 years, The Wiggles have educated and entertained children and their families through music, song and dance, and we hope this partnership is a great way to connect with Queenslanders and encourage families to enrol in kindy.”
To find your local approved and free kindergarten, search ‘Free Kindy Queensland’ or visit www.qld.gov.au/FreeKindy.
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