Call for Fairfax preschools and schools to take part in languages program

Sunshine Coast Local News

The Federal Government will expand its successful Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program into more preschools and schools in Fairfax. 

Member for Fairfax, Ted O’Brien encouraged Fairfax preschools and schools to get on-board and give their students the opportunity to learn a second language.

“The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program has already been very successful in getting local students engaged and interested in learning a language,” Mr O’Brien said. 

“There are already 44 preschools along the Sunshine Coast engaging almost 1,500 pre-schoolers through a series of interactive applications to introduce them to the basics of learning a second language like Mandarin, French and Spanish. 

“I encourage parents to talk to their preschools and schools about getting involved in the expansion of the ELLA program. 

“Learning a second language opens up a whole new world of opportunities in this increasingly global economy and we need more Fairfax students to develop language skills early in life and then carry that through their later school years and beyond.” 

Minister Birmingham said the Turnbull Government’s commitment of an additional $11.8 million would see the number of preschools participating double to 5,000 and extend the program into 300 primary schools reaching 30,000 school-age students across Australia. 

“We’ve already seen some great results from the ELLA program, with more than 80,000 children in about 2,500 preschools across Australia being introduced to a second language through the use of our digital apps, “Minister Birmingham said. 

“ELLA is about getting kids engaged and interested in learning a language from an early age, expanding their horizons and hopefully getting them to follow through this study as they progress throughout their education. 

“Exposure to another language and culture can also have significant developmental benefits on children – for example it has been linked to better English and problem solving skills. 

“We’re also expanding the language options to include Korean, Vietnamese, Turkish and German. 

“These new languages mean preschools and schools on the Sunshine Coast can pick from 13 of the world’s most common languages to give children a taste of the world and set them up with skills that will set them up for the future.” 

Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) uses fun and play-based digital applications to engage children in language learning and is currently available in Hindi, Modern Greek, Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish. 

For more information on ELLA visit: https://www.ella.edu.au/

 

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Fairfax Pre-schools participating in the ELLA program:

Woombye Early Development – Japanese

The Range Community – Spanish

Mount Coolum Day Care Centre – Japanese

Mountain Creek Early Childhood Centre – Japanese

Brookes Street Nambour Kindergarten & Preschool Assoc Inc – French

Gumnuts Childcare Centre – Spanish

Dalton Drive Early Learning – Italian

Sunshine Coast Early Learning Maroochydore – Japanese

Community Kids Yandina – Spanish

Community Kids Yandina – Italian

Goodstart Early Learning Nambour City – Italian

Headland Park World of Learning – Italian

Kuluin Early Learning Centre – Japanese

Suncoast Little Learners – Italian

Sunkids Bli Bli – Japanese

Kids Plus Coolum Child Care centre – Japanese

Little Sprouts Early Learning Centre Camp Flat Road – French

Sunshine Coast Early Learning Riverside – Japanese

Little Village Early Learning – Japanese

SMARTLAND Boutique Early Learning – Indonesian

Bella Grace Early Learning Centre Brightwater – Chinese (Mandarin)

Goodstart Early Learning Nambour Doolan Street – Spanish

Grammar Early Learning Centre Forest Glen – French

C&K Cotton Tree Community Childcare Centre – Spanish

Memorial Park Community Kindergarten – French

C&K Nambour Childcare Centre – Japanese

Goodstart Early Learning Buderim – Hindi

Little Sprouts Early Learning Centre – Italian

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