Education is about preparing children for success as individuals, citizens and lifelong learners. That is why, in February 2010, the Queensland Government released an Education Green Paper for public consultation. A Flying Start for Queensland Children committed to and proposed major changes that will give children a better chance at success, and ensure Queensland can boast a world-class education system.
A Flying Start for Queensland Children outlined three objectives to improve:
Extensive consultation on the Green Paper was undertaken across the state from February to June through public forums, surveys and submissions from interested individuals, schools, communities, universities and organisations. The feedback from these consultations, which closed on 30 June 2010, will inform the development of a white paper which will shape the government's strategic plans for the future of education in Queensland.
In February 2010, the Queensland Government committed to fostering an early love for reading through the Books for Bubs initiative. From 1 July 2010, the parents of every newborn child in Queensland will receive a picture book titled It's Bed Time, as a way of starting children on their reading journey and encouraging reading from a young age.