OECD report shows Australia falls further behind on 3 year old early learning

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.

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Progress needed on 3 year olds in preschool to catch up to OECD - new report

State of Early Learning in Australia 2017 reportPublished 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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Children and society do better with two years of pre-school - new report

The Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign coalition welcomes the latest report by the Mitchell Institute Pre-school: Two years are better than one and supports the findings and recommendations in the report.

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‘Don’t Fudge Early Childhood’ - Parliamentarians asked to put children first

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.

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Labor’s childcare policy a good start, but more work still to do

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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Pre-Election Polling: Australians of all ages see early learning as a priority for children and our future prosperity

More than 8 out of 10 voters see early learning as important for child development and for Australia’s future prosperity, according to a Galaxy poll commissioned by Early Learning Everyone Benefits - a new coalition of early childhood organisations, researchers and parents.

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Early Learning is key in proposed national action plan to address decline in Australia's education performance

A new consortium of early childhood services, research organisations, community and parenting groups supports the latest call for all political parties to include a national action plan to improve education outcomes in their election platforms. 

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All parties should heed new report in election lead up - shows Australia’s early learning participation rate in bottom third of OECD

A new coalition of early childhood organisations, researchers and parents are warning all parties to get their Early Childhood policies in order for the coming election campaign. They say investing in early learning directly links to increasing Australia’s future prosperity.

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