FRESH START: Pre-school students
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Warwick kindy children to learn Italian, Japanese

WARWICK pre-school children are set to add another language to their repertoire.

Federal government funding will be used to roll out the Early Learning Languages Australia program, allowing children at Warwick Community Kindergarten to learn Italian and children at C&K Glennie Heights Community Kindergarten to learn Japanese.

Children will also learn Japanese at Treasure Island Child Care Centre at Clifton and C&K Allora Community Kindergarten.

A total of 147 children across the Southern Downs may take part in the program.

Member for Maranoa David Littleproud said learning a language would significantly benefit children. "This opportunity will not only start a life-long interest in language learning for our kids but also boost their English and problem-solving skills,” he said.

Mr Littleproud said 566 pre-school children across his rural electorate were going to be given the opportunity to learn a second language.

"This funding provides a great opportunity for our country kids with Japanese and Italian being offered on the Southern Downs to Spanish on offer in Longreach - just because you live in a small town shouldn't limit your education access,” he said.

ELLA began as a small trial of 41 preschools in 2015 and is a digital, play-based program where preschool children use a series of interactive applications (apps).

It is designed for use by educators who do not have formal language training and extensive support, training and resources are provided to assist educators in the effective delivery of early language learning and cultural awareness.

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