Victoria and NSW announce overhaul of preschool education with extra year of school | Australian education

Victoria and New South Wales will introduce a new year of play-based learning for children before they go to school, as part of what the state premiers have described as “the greatest transformation of early education in a generation”.

The Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, and his NSW counterpart, Dominic Perrottet, on Thursday announced the joint long-term policy commitment.

“In the next 10 years, every child in Victoria and NSW will experience the benefits of a full year of play-based learning before their first year of school,” they said in a joint statement.

“A year dedicated to growing and learning, new

San Rafael school campus to reopen for programs

The former Short Elementary School in San Rafael will reopen in the fall as an early childhood education center.

“The space will be designed specifically for our youngest learners,” Stephanie Kloos, executive director for elementary education at San Rafael City Schools. “The new playground, the bathrooms and the classes themselves will be sized for kids ages 3, 4 and 5.”

The building in the Gerstle Park neighborhood previously housed kindergarten through fifth grade, but was closed in 2020 because of declining enrollment.

In its new iteration, the site will have three to four transitional kindergarten classes, four half-day early intervention

BREAKING NEWS: Alpine School District announces full-day kindergarten at all schools

In a surprise announcement on Tuesday, Jan. 9, Alpine School District Superintendent Shane Farnsworth announced that the district will offer full-day kindergarten at every elementary school in the 2024-25 school year. The all-day expansion is several years ahead of the original projected schedule. State law requires that districts continue to offer half-day options, so parents may pick their children up at lunch each day if half-day is desired.

“I appreciate all the work of our elementary supervisors, physical facilities teams and business teams in looking at the financial support. All-day kindergarten has been funded by the state legislature, and we