Objective 1: Getting ready for school

Education is the key to a bright future for our children and the government is investing in education to give young children the start to learning that they deserve.

Education starts at home, and parents and families are their children's first teachers.

Children soak up knowledge from the time they are born and what they learn in their early years sets them on the path to success in school.

The facts on early learning

Literacy and numeracy skills are the essential building blocks of early learning. Brain development is rapid in the early years, and there are opportunities to acquire new knowledge in a variety of ways.

Research shows that just 20 minutes a day reading aloud with young children helps prepare them for school. It encourages children to listen, develops their imagination and language skills, and establishes strong literacy foundations.

The 2009 Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) of childhood development in 5-year-olds showed that Queensland children, before they reach school, are more developmentally vulnerable than their interstate counterparts.

The AEDI results also told us that only 62% of 5-year-olds were regularly being read to at home in Queensland. We can do more before our children start school to help them acquire these critical literacy and numeracy skills.

The Queensland and Australian governments are working together to make sure our children are ready for school by: