Mastery of language is of paramount importance to children's learning and whole person development. World-wide studies show that children have enormous potential for language development and early childhood is the golden period for language learning. Language experiences at an early age bring tremendous influences on the language development of children. The "Scheme on Early Language and Literacy Development in Chinese and English Language of Young Children" was launched in the 2015/16 school year with a view to –
(a) enhancing the capability of kindergarten principals and teachers to provide quality Chinese language learning/teaching and English language exposure for young children; and
(b) exploring and developing, in collaboration with kindergartens, effective strategies of Chinese language learning/teaching of young children and exposing young children to English language, and quality language learning and teaching resources.