For families

Would you like your child to have the opportunity to make friends, learn and build confidence?

If so, Working Together offers free places in a fun, caring and safe childcare centre – also known as an education and care centre.

Registrations are now open for 2022, with limited places available.

To see if you’re eligible to take part, visit the “How do I get involved?” section below.

What is Working Together?

Working Together offers free education and care for children in the year before Kindergarten, plus support for your family.

Eligible children can take part in up to 960 hours of free early learning at a childcare service in 2022.

What does ‘support’ mean?

As well as free childcare, Working Together provides extra support. This can be either for your child, yourself or your family.

Examples of extra support include:

  • having someone to chat to about concerns you might have
  • having someone go to appointments with you
  • assisting with transport to get your child to the education and care centre
  • connecting you with other support services, e.g. occupational therapy
  • helping you look into study or getting your licence
  • having someone to help you build confidence in your decisions
  • connecting you to your local primary school

The Working Together team will work closely with your family to meet your needs.

The benefits for children

Working Together is a great way for your child to:

  • Make friends
  • Play and thrive
  • Build confidence and independence
  • Learn and try new things
  • Prepare for school
  • Build routines

Taking part in early learning programs, helps set a child up for a great start in life and healthy future!

In 2021, parents rated Working Together 4.7 out of 5 for helping their child’s learning and progress.

The benefits for parents and carers

Working Together is a chance for you to:

  • Connect with other families and your community
  • Have time for self-care
  • Have time to pursue areas of interest

What stood out about Working Together was knowing that I could walk in the door and have the whole weight of the world on my shoulders and it’d be taken away because I got that support from them. I didn’t have to worry.” – Working Together Parent

Can my child take part?

To take part in 2022, your child must be:

  • Three years old by 1 January 2022, that is born in 2018
  • In their year before Kindergarten
  • Not currently enrolled in childcare

They must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have parents/primary carers who hold a Health Care Card
  • Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Receive support or interventions from the Child Safety Service
  • Have two or more concerns identified through the Parents’ Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS)

Is Working Together in my area?

There are 19 childcare services across Tasmania delivering Working Together in 2022. Find the closest service near you.

When can we start?

Eligible families can start from February 2022.

How do I get involved?

To find out if you are eligible: