Prep teachers get new tools

Gold Coast Prep students will be given greater opportunities to learn and improve their literacy and numeracy skills thanks to a new teacher kit.

The “Early Start Kit” is a set of maths and writing materials which gives schools and teachers the opportunity to monitor the progress of their Prep to Year 2 students.

Surfers Paradise MP and Minister for Education John-Paul Langbroek said the Early Start kit is all about boosting literacy and numeracy outcomes in our schools.


“Research shows that the early years of schooling are a critical time for students, as they begin to develop essential literacy and numeracy skills that pave the way for future learning,” Mr Langbroek said.

“The data generated by Early Start will give teachers invaluable insight into the best ways to effectively target the learning needs of their students.”

Teachers will use the program through one-on-ones with students to gather valuable information about each child’s learning ability.

“This kit is not for grading or comparing students, it’s designed to help teachers and schools determine the best way to develop each child’s literacy and numeracy skills.”

Education Queensland partnered with the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to develop the Early Start materials, the use of which is optional in schools.