Before most of the under-fives can read or write, they will be able to take part in sessions of 15 languages - including Mandarin, Arabic, Punjabi, Italian, Japanese, French, Greek, Hebrew and Spanish - at 150 kindergartens across the state under the plan announced on Thursday by Early Childhood Education Minister Jenny Mikakos.

The Australian-first bilingual initiative is estimated to reach 5000 youngsters - with 29 kindergartens to offer Aboriginal languages, and 27 to offer Auslan - and is dependent on Labor retaining government at the November 24 election.