Early learning matters for children, families and the whole community

Around the world, countries are investing in early childhood education because it is recognised as the most effective way to drive wellbeing and prosperity.

Early learning is the foundation for success

  • In the first five years of life, children’s brains are wired to learn quickly. This is when the foundations for learning, health and behaviour throughout life are laid down. 
  • Intentional play-based activities and social interactions help young children develop the cognitive, social and emotional skills necessary for success in school, career and adult life.
  • Early learning amplifies children’s natural skills and abilities, helps them become confident learners and enhances resilience, leading to improved lifelong outcomes.

We have a problem

Currently in Australia, one in five children are developmentally vulnerable when they start school (DET, 2016). That figure is double for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

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Early learning transforms children’s lives

Children who participate in early learning have HALF the rate of vulnerability as children who don’t attend any early learning.

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