Cairns kindergartens cop influx
ALMOST 100 children will be enrolled in two new kindergartens next year with centres to open in Gordonvale and Aurukun in a bid to meet demand for early childhood education.
Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek announced yesterday that 25 new kindergartens would open across Queensland in 2014.
While the cost of the centres was not yet known, Department of Education deputy director-general Andrew Walker said a maximum of 44 children could be enrolled at each of the kindergartens.
He said the centres would operate for 15 hours a week out of one room and educate two groups of 22 children.
"These kindergartens have not yet been designed," he said.
"The department will engage the local community to ensure that any design meets their current and future needs."
Mr Langbroek said 15 of the new kindergartens would be built on state school sites, while the remaining 10 would be located on other sites, including non-state schools, long daycare services and existing kindergartens.
"The planning process for these 25 new kindergartens is now under way and comes in addition to the 19 kindergartens that are nearing completion now and are due to open this year," he said.
"Most of the new kindergartens that will be opening next year are located in Far North, central and south western communities, where there is the greatest demand for early childhood services."
Mr Langbroek said children in more remote areas of Queensland also had access to e-kindy through distance education from this year.
"The e-kindy program is based on the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines," he said.
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