The Queensland Minister for Education, John-Paul Langbroek, has announced a change in the structure of the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE), including the establishment of new positions which are described as helping to âlink state schools, childcare centres and kindergartens'. In addition, a new Deputy Director-General within the Department with sole focus on early childhood education will be appointed.
Minister Langbroek said that the aim of the changes was to further prepare children for the rigours of school.
'We need to make sure that we tie what they are doing in early childhood a in kindy a into helping us with Prep and schools, a said the Minister in a statement to News Ltd.
This could include ensuring fine motor skills like how to hold a pencil are developed, making sure children are independent and matching kindergarten literacy activities to lessons in Prep and Grade 1â the Minister is reported to have said.
While our Union welcomes the new focus on ECE by the Queensland Government, we are concerned about the absence of any acknowledgement of the importance of play-based learning and a narrowing of the educational experience of children.
The IEUA-QNT maintains its position that play-based learning should be an essential and non-negotiable part of early childhood education.