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.

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 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.

‘It is very encouraging to see our four year old participation in pre-primary education has risen by 5 per cent since last year to 90 percent and this is a significant increase over ten years from just 53 per cent in 2005 ,” said Early Learning Association Australia CEO Shane Lucas. “However it is concerning that Federal Education Minister revealed that thirty per cent of children enrolled in early learning for the year before school are not attending for the full 15 hours a week that is funded.”

‘Federal and state government cooperation to fund preschool programs for all children in the year before school, through the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access, has been a remarkable success. Extending that approach to allow all three year olds to attend high quality, play-based early education would ensure some of our most disadvantaged children get the support they need to better succeed at school,’’ said Goodstart Advocacy Manager John Cherry (campaign partner).

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OECD Education at a Glance report

Australian Summary (ECEC pg3)

The Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign has just released The State of Early Learning in Australia 2017 report –  view video explainer here

MEDIA CONTACT: Media and Campaign Manager Carolin Wenzel on 0475 554 999

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