FOUR Redlands state schools will be among the first to trial a free pre-kindy learning program for three-year-olds.
The $2.2 million KindyLinQ pilot program will be launched in 40 schools in 2020, including Dunwich, Russell Island, Macleay Island and Coolnwynpin state schools.
School principals, a qualified teacher and early years support co-ordinator would lead sessions which would involve at least six hours a week, offering indoor and outdoor play experiences, shared storytelling, music and rhymes.
Education Minister Grace Grace said it would support many children in their transition to kindy and then into Prep.
"For many, kindy can initially be a daunting step-up and we want all our children to get a great start," Ms Grace said.
"This 12-month, specially-designed program will really help some of our very young Queenslanders develop the essential basic skills needed and get ready for school.
"KindyLinQ will act as a soft entry to kindy, encouraging parents and caregivers to actively participate in these play-based learning sessions with their child.
"We want families to access this fantastic program to build their confidence as their child's first teacher and giving them vital tips that they can use at home.
"The trial will be free for families in the selected priority locations, with many benefits gained extending beyond the school gate.
"Parents can self-select to access the program by contacting the school and registering their child."