Andrea Dawkins MP to move—
That the House:—
(a) the lack of public support for lowering the school starting age;
(b) that all the evidence suggests this policy will lead to worse outcomes for children;
(c) that the Tasmanian Greens have a fully costed alternative Policy to roll out 11 new Child and Family Centres; and
(d) that this measure, alone, is not a panacea, however the evidence suggests it will contribute to better outcomes for children.
(2) Calls on the Government to:—
(a) stop dismissing foreign evidence on the basis that these countries have different systems;
(b) acknowledge that there is no basis to assume that early formal education starting ages would work in Tasmania where they have not worked elsewhere; and
(c) adopt the Greens alternative policy as part of a move towards informal, play based preschool education.