What is Working Together?
Working Together offers free, quality early learning for eligible three year olds.
It is a Tasmanian government funded initiative, offering 120 places in 2021.
Working Together is delivered in partnership with selected early learning centres across Tasmania.
Registrations are currently open for 2021, with limited places available.
What is the purpose of Working Together?
Our shared purpose is to support confident and creative children to thrive in strong, connected communities.
We work towards achieving this through:
- Funding places in quality early learning centres (up to 400 hours per year for each child).
- Providing holistic support to address barriers to participation for families. This involves working in partnership with families, early childhood educators and community services.
- Investing in the professional learning of the early learning centres involved. This ensures they can best assist Working Together children and their families.
- Building capacity through collaboration with a range of stakeholders. These include:
- Department of Education Engagement Workers
- The Working Together core team
- Early learning partners
- Community members and services
- All levels of government
What does ‘holistic support’ mean?
As well as free early learning, Working Together provides extra support. This can be either for the child or their family.
Examples of extra support include:
- connecting families with other support services, e.g. occupational therapy
- attending appointments with families
- linking families with their local primary school
- identifying areas of interest for parents to develop themselves further, e.g. study or getting a drivers licence
The Working Together team works in partnership with families. This supports them to build on their strengths and achieve their goals.
Who can take part?
Working Together supports the inclusion of all children. To take part in 2021, children must be:
- Three years old by 1 January 2021, that is born in 2017
- Not currently enrolled in childcare
Children must also meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Have parents/primary carers who hold a Health Care Card
- Identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- Receive support or interventions from the Child Safety Service
- Meet two or more criteria under Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)
How do I refer families to take part?
We welcome referrals of families who you believe would be eligible to take part in 2021.
To refer families, please:
- Complete the online referral form
- contact one of the Working Together Engagement Workers. You can call, text or email an Engagement Worker in your region. They will be happy to discuss things further with you.
Who are the early learning partners in 2021?
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) services deliver Working Together. In 2021, we have partnered with 19 ECEC services across Tasmania.
These early learning partners are integral to Working Together achieving the best outcomes for children and their families.
Please view the list of our early learning partners.
The benefits for children
Working Together is a great way for children to:
- Make friends
- Play and thrive
- Build confidence and independence
- Prepare for school
The benefits for parents and carers
Working Together is a chance for parents and carers to:
- Connect with community
- Have time for self-care
When can families start taking part?
Eligible families can start to take part from February 2021.
How can my service get involved?
To discuss opportunities of getting involved with Working Together, please contact us: