Greg Hutchinson - a business leader says why early learning is vital for Australia's future

Greg Hutchinson AM is Chair of the Paul Ramsay Foundation and an Advisory Partner at Bain & Company, working with major corporations on their strategic growth and operational change programs. He was involved in the establishment of GoodStart Early Learning and serves on its board of directors.

Greg spoke at the State of Early Learning Children's Week event at Parliament House Canberra, hosted by the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign.

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Families understand the benefits of early learning for their children

Our national survey of nearly 3000 parents found overwhelmingly high recognition of the many benefits to their children’s social, emotional and cognitive development, but high levels of difficulty accessing services.

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Children tell us 'we love to play'

We asked parents to ask their children about their experience of early learning and we asked children directly in a series of ten focus groups with children aged three to five.

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Early learning report card: Australia is improving rapidly, but there’s more work to do

Despite good progress in recent years, there is still more to do, including improving access to early childhood education for three-year-olds.

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The art of wonder in children's play

 

In the early childhood profession, we talk about the importance of children learning through play. It is important to understand what we mean by play and how children’s play is fundamental to their learning.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island focus – educators

Providing an inclusive learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is vital for their early development. Find out more about how children develop cultural identity and watch a video about how a leading Aboriginal Children’s Service connects children to culture.

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Child-Rearing Practices

Being aware of and integrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child-rearing practices helps children and families feel that they belong, and supports important cultural practices.

Understanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child-rearing strategies, and embracing the importance of these practices, is absolutely crucial in ensuring continuity for children between home and early learning services.

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Understanding and helping Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children connect to their Culture

Providing an inclusive learning environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is vital for the development of children in the early years. This is created by supporting culturally-strong learning, and promoting a child’s understanding of their culture.

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How early learning settings ‘amplify’ children’s natural development

As educators understand the characteristics of young children as curious and active learners the environments they create and the experiences they set up amplify children’s natural development.  They understand that young children do not learn through formal structure and specific subject matters but across all areas of learning through play, both self-directed and educator-directed.

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The importance of teaching social and emotional skills in early learning

Not everyone knows that social and emotional skills are fundamental to educational success. Parents are concerned if their children are anxious or have behaviour problems but they don’t often link this to educational success.

Social and emotional capability is crucial to school success. Without this children are at risk of being unable to transition successfully to school, of behaviour problems, of academic failure and of social problems, problems that often remain in adolescence and even adulthood.

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