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
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more