JT launches Deadly Kindies at Koobara

Students at Zillmere’s Koobara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Kindergarten welcomed Johnathan Thurston last week for the official launch of a new campaign to get more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander enrolments in kindergarten.

Education Minister Kate Jones, Member for Sandgate Stirling Hinchliffe and Member for Nudgee Leanne Linard joined the Rugby league legend who is ambassador for ‘Deadly Kindies’, an extension of the successful ‘Deadly Choices’ healthcare campaign.

Ms Linard said ‘Deadly Kindies’ was about giving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children a better start to health and education.

“Families will be given an opportunity to register their 3 and 4 year olds for kindy during their health checks, and will be provided with a free Deadly Kindy Kit.

“The Kit includes kindy backpack, hat, blanket, sheet, lunchbox, library bag, water bottle and T-shirt.
“Families will also receive any necessary support and information they need to enrol in a local kindergarten”.

Mr Hinchliffe said the program will also ensure each child receives any health care required as a result of their physical health assessment, which in turn ensures they can maximise their learning at kindy.

“The campaign takes a holistic approach to supporting Indigenous children, by linking a better start to health with a better start to education,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

The Queensland Government has invested $1.5 million to deliver the Deadly Kindies program through the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health.

The aim of the program is to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kindergarten participation in Queensland to at least 95 per cent by 2018, up from 93.1 per cent in 2016.

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