Early Learning Teaching Pilot to help up to 200 children prepare for school

The Minister for Early Childhood Education and Youth, the Hon Dr Anne Aly MP has launched the Early Learning Teaching Pilot at Yappera Children’s Service in Thornbury, Victoria.

The Australian Government has committed $1.9 million to design, implement and evaluate the pilot at three services across Victoria and Northern Territory.

The pilot will strengthen literacy and numeracy skills, with a focus on getting up to 200 children, many of them First Nations children, ready for school.

The Government has partnered with the University of Melbourne to deliver and evaluate the pilot.

The pilot draws on international evidence and local expertise about the benefits of different instructional approaches. It aims to improve outcomes for children through strengthened professional development, mentoring and feedback support for educators.

The pilot complements existing play‑based approaches in line with the Australian Early Years Learning Framework, known to improve children’s early developmental outcomes.

The pilot is part of the Department of Education’s Closing the Gap Implementation Plan. Read more about the measures on our website.

See the media release about Dr Aly launching the pilot.