Programs and initiatives

The following programs and initiatives for educators and professional partners support Indigenous early childhood development.

Remote Indigenous Professional Development

The Remote Indigenous Professional Development project is designed to assist Indigenous early childhood educators in remote areas to better understand Australia's Early years learning framework and connect it with everyday practices in their centres. The department is managing the delivery of this federally-funded project in Queensland and the Northern Territory using a model that is led by local early childhood teaching experts, most of whom are Indigenous.

Deadly Ears

The Deadly Ears program is Queensland Health's state-wide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ear health program for children. It aims to manage and reduce the high rates of ear disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and create long term changes across the education, health and early years services (sectors) that improve ear health, hearing and educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Kindy counts!

The Kindy counts! campaign is an initiative supporting the Queensland Government’s commitment to ensuring all kindy-aged children across the state have greater access to an approved kindergarten program.

Embedding Indigenous perspectives

Through EATSIPEC, approved kindergarten program providers are supported to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children and deliver inclusive early childhood education programs.

Providers learn practical strategies to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in all aspects of service delivery through:

  • a professional guide for learning communities
  • access to statewide implementation support officers and
  • cultural mentoring.

Foundations for succes guideline

Foundations for success is a practical guide for educators to extend and enrich early learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in their kindergarten year. The guideline aligns with Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and provides additional guidance on achieving the outcomes of the framework using approaches that reinforce cultural identity and connections with families and communities to provide the foundations for children's successful learning.

Foundations for success guideline

Foundations for success is a practical guide for educators to extend and enrich early learning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in their kindergarten year. The guideline aligns with Australia's Early Years Learning Framework and provides additional guidance on achieving the outcomes of the framework using approaches that reinforce cultural identity and connections with families and communities to provide the foundations for children's successful learning.

Kids Matter

KidsMatter has developed resources to support the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people including within Early Childhood. 


Last reviewed
10 February 2015
Last updated
19 February 2015​