Working Together for 3 Year Olds (WT3)

WT3 is a Tasmanian Government initiative which is opening up opportunities for eligible three year old children to participate in free, quality early learning.

In 2019 WT3 is being piloted with eight service partners across five Tasmanian locations, opening up 50 places in 11 early learning centres.

The WT3 project team is pleased to announce that 90 per cent of WT3 pilot places have been filled, that’s 49 three-year-olds who are now engaged in early learning with one of our service partners:

Education and care services offering the Working Together for 3 Year Olds opportunity

LocationCentre Name and Contact NumberAddress
DevonportMalangenna Children’s Centre
6424 1103
32-36 Valley Road Devonport TAS 7310
Devonport1912 Child Care and Education Centre
6423 3885
52 Steele St Devonport TAS 7310
GlenorchyGoodstart Early Learning Claremont
6249 3488
8 Pelican Close Claremont TAS 7011
GlenorchyDiscovery Early Learning Centre - Illara Pre-school
6273 6005
6 Gavitt St, Glenorchy TAS 7010
Glenorchy Discovery Early Learning Centre - Dominic
6273 6005
204A Tolosa St, Glenorchy TAS 7010
GlenorchyChild Care Connections - Benjafield
6216 6611
109 Hopkins St Moonah 7009
KingboroughAdventure Patch - Mountain View
6229 4914
177B Roslyn Ave Kingston TAS 7052
KingboroughGoodstart Early Learning - Blackmans Bay
6226 1411
13 Opal Dr, Blackmans Bay TAS 7052
Derwent ValleyThe Valley Children’s Centre
6261 1203
45 Ring Rd New Norfolk TAS 7140
Newnham/MowbrayLady Gowrie Tasmania – Alanvale
6348 1390
54A Alanvale Rd Newnham TAS 7248

Child and Family Centres involved in the 2019 Pilot 

LocationCentre Name and Contact NumberAddress
Derwent Valleyptunarra Child and Family Centre
6261 7222
52 Blair St New Norfolk TAS 7140
DevonportEast Devonport Child and Family Centre
6478 4336
40 Drew St East Devonport TAS 7307

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WT3 monthly webinars

Every month WT3 hosts a 30 minute webinar which includes a short presentation on a popular topic, followed by an update and Q&A. Please email WT3@education.tas.gov.au if you want to register to join the webinar. You can also email questions or suggest a topic for us to cover in future webinars.

We hope webinars will be a valuable forum for our stakeholders to hear from the WT3 team about the topics you have requested and the responses to your questions.

Register now for the June WebinarWhat is involved in the WT3 co-design process and how is it critical to the success of this opportunity? 

Thursday, 13 June from 11:30 to 12:10pm.

Join guest speakers from TACSI, Ash Alluri and Alazne Alvaro who will present along with WT3 Project Manager, Tess Dryza. TACSI is partnering with the Department of Education as the WT3 co-design facilitation partner.

We believe that the best innovations come from working alongside the people who face the very challenges we’re trying to solve … Innovation is not the end game. Our ambition is people living their best life and having every opportunity to reach their potential.” (TACSI)

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1317416539835182092

May Webinar  2020 and beyond – Future Considerations for the WT3 Funding Model

Guest speaker:  James Blake, Director, Deloitte Access Economics

The Department of Education has engaged Deloitte Access Economics to work with us on the future funding model for WT3. As part of this work, we will be considering how the state funding intersects with federal funding and the priority design elements. The webinar includes information on the set of guiding principles and initial design elements to inform the development of options for funding WT3 into the future.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/recording/1789109226730215681

WT3 objective

WT3’s objective is to support three year olds to be confident and creative and to thrive in strong, connected communities. The initiative supports the three key elements of Tasmania’s Strategy for Children – Pregnancy to Eight Years 2018-2021 which are Quality, Equity and Partnerships. The strategy assists in fostering a culture of quality and collaborative partnerships across sectors and government.

WT3 is focused on achieving its objective for three year olds and supporting collaborative partnerships by:

  • funding places in early learning centres for children who face barriers preventing them from accessing quality early learning opportunities
  • WT3 Engagement Workers actively collaborating with Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) service providers, community services and families on positive engagements with early learning centres and services that help children to thrive
  • using a collaborative partnerships model – working together with a broad range of professionals and community members to generate wellbeing outcomes for children and their families.

During the co-design process, the WT3 team has been asked many questions which have been responded to in the FAQ for the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector and the FAQ for Parents.
These documents can be printed:

WT3 is part of the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to providing quality early learning and development experiences for all young children, regardless of where they live or their family background.

The Tasmanian Government supports investments in the early years. Research indicates resourcing during the early years significantly impacts on children’s future achievements at school and throughout life.

Five areas were selected for the pilot because they provide opportunities to support families overcome barriers to participation. The Minister for Education and Training announced the following areas in December 2018. Read the media release about the announcement.

  • Devonport
  • Launceston – with a focus on Mowbray, Rocherlea and Newnham
  • Derwent Valley
  • Kingborough – with a focus on Kingston and Blackmans Bay
  • Glenorchy

Phase two co-design workshops were held in these areas which focused on the design and implementation of WT3. They were facilitated in partnership with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) and involved children, families and staff from the ECEC and education sectors. View the TACSI report to read the key learnings from the workshops.

This builds on the learnings from the phase one co-design workshops which were held with the sector in November 2017. Documents from these workshops are available below.

 

The early learning program will be designed and delivered by an ECT who holds an ACECQA approved Early Childhood Teacher qualification. In cases when an ECT is not available, an Educational Leader with a minimum qualification of an ACECQA approved Diploma in Early Childhood Education will deliver the program.

WT3 also includes face to face training and fortnightly coaching for the early learning team working with the families. The training will include co-design methodologies and the Family Partnership Model along with other prioritised professional learning areas based on findings from an ECEC survey undertaken by the WT3 project team in October to November 2018.

Accessing a WT3 place and support services in 2019

WT3 is opening up opportunities for children of families who are experiencing barriers to participating in quality early learning opportunities. TasCOSS undertook family consultations to identify some of the barriers. These include the cost of early learning; transport constraints; the complexities of the enrolment process; and mental health issues.

For the pilot the eligibility criteria is a child born between 2 January 2015 and 31 March 2016:

  1. whose parent/primary carer holds a Health Care Card and/or
  2. is Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or
  3. is engaged with Child Safety Services

Staff in the early learning centres are also using an assessment tool for children who do not meet the above criteria but who would benefit from accessing a WT3 place.

Parents interested in their child accessing a WT3 place, or service partners or stakeholders working with families who want to know more about WT3 can access the Frequently Asked Questions for parents here.

Future plans

During 2019 WT3 will be evaluated with input from participants and Local Enabling Groups (LEGs) which are being established in each of the five WT3 pilot locations. These LEGs will include community members, parents and representatives from the education and ECEC sectors. Findings from the WT3 co-design process will support the design of the broader roll-out of the 2020 initiative.

If you are interested in joining your local LEG or if you would like to subscribe to the monthly WT3 newsletter and register for the monthly webinars, please email WT3@education.tas.gov.au