A coalition of Early Childhood advocacy, research and educator organisations campaigning under the banner “Early Learning Everyone Benefits” is very concerned that the latest OECD Education at a Glance report shows Australia is going backwards on three year old participation in early learning.
“It should be of paramount concern that the gap between Australia and the OECD average on three year old participation in early learning has grown to 10 percent in the last year – with Australia’s participation rate falling to 68 per cent while the OECD average is now 78 per cent of three year olds attending early learning,” said lead campaign spokesperson Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia.Read more
Published by the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign, with analysis from the Mitchell Institute at Victoria University, the report reveals:
- One in five Australian children start school vulnerable in one or more domain(s) of social, emotional, language and cognitive, communication and general knowledge, or physical development; it's two in five for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (p. 4–5).
- Children who attend a quality early learning service are half as likely to have developmental vulnerabilities in one or more domain(s) when they start school as children who don’t attend any form of early childhood education (p. 11).
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A coalition of early childhood professional organisations and parents behind the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign aims to increase understanding of the importance of the supporting early learning in the first five years to amplify children’s development.Read more
The Australian Labor Party’s election announcement today supports early childhood educators and would make childcare more affordable for parents, but more is needed to secure investment in early learning for our future, says Shane Lucas, Campaign spokesperson for Early Learning Everyone Benefits.
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