The ALP’s recently announced National Preschool and Kindy Program has been warmly received by early childhood advocates from across the country. In it, the ALP commits, if elected at the next Federal election, to fund permanent subsidised, universal access to preschool programs for two years before children start school.Read more
The announcement by the New South Wales (NSW) Government to subsidise preschool for three-year-olds in community preschools is a landmark decision that will increase access for thousands of children to high-quality early education – it’s a move in the right direction but more needs to be done.Read more
How can we say that three-year-olds in Australia are currently missing out on early learning compared to children in other countries? On one hand, children in Australia have a better chance of attending a quality early learning service than children in other countries, because Australia has national quality measures in place, such as the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS). But, on the other hand, we have fewer three-year-olds participating in this quality early learning system compared to other OECD countries.Read more
Early childhood educators are justified in their campaign for higher wages. The work they do adds immense value to the wellbeing of children, building their capacity to learn and to contribute to society.Read more
The Lifting Our Game report by Professor Deborah Brennan and Susan Pascoe AM, is endorsed by every state and territory government and describes why the early years are crucial for child development and societal well-being:
Educators have understood the importance of the early years for well over a century. In the past two decades, neuroscience has introduced powerful new evidence, helping us to understand why the early years are so important in establishing the underlying skills and behaviours that are essential to a child’s lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
A child’s environment and experiences in his or her early years set key pathways for life. Children’s learning commences long before they enter school – children are born ready to learn.Read more
With the holiday and celebration season upon us, it’s more important than ever to balance treats with healthy eating and activities in services, and to be a resource of ideas for parents and carers. Educators are well-placed to advise families on ways to balance holiday indulgence with healthy activities that will help parents bond with their children and even save money.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Despite good progress in recent years, there is still more to do, including improving access to early childhood education for three-year-olds.Read more