More than forty MPs and senators from across the political spectrum are visiting early childhood services in every state and territory this week to show their support and learn more about the benefits of quality early learning for children, families and communities.
Federal Member for Fenner, ACT Andrew Leigh with children at YMCA Holt Early Learning CentreRead more
The Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign has analysed the early childhood policies proposed by the three main parties—Australian Labor Party, Liberal–National Coalition, and the Australian Greens—and found some stark differences between their proposed policies.
Campaign spokesperson, Samantha Page, CEO of Early Childhood Australia, said:
‘The Coalition is relying on its delivery of an $8.5 billion investment in the new Child Care Subsidy system, which it claims has reduced out-of-pocket expenses for many working families by 9 per cent. But it hasn’t promised much else for the sector. We found that both Labor and the Greens are keen to address each of the seven priority policy areas identified by the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign’.Read more
The Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign welcomes the Australian Labor Party’s pledge to increase the childcare subsidy available to households with incomes of up to $174,000 per year, and increase the pay of early childhood educators by 20percent over eight years. The campaign is an alliance of early childhood services, education, research and advocacy groups, along with parenting and community organisations.
‘These substantial promises show that Labor have listened to families and educators by pledging to raise the subsidy rate for families on the lowest incomes – this is good news for families where both partners meet the Activity Test,’ said campaign spokesperson and Early Childhood Australia CEO, Samantha Page.Read more
The Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign welcomes the Australian Greens’ new early childhood education and care policy announced today. The campaign is an alliance of early childhood services, education, research and advocacy groups, along with parenting and community organisations.
'The Greens’ policy initiative shows that they are willing to listen to families and educators by proposing free preschool for all three- and four-year–olds, and removing the stringent activity test that currently applies to the Child Care Subsidy’, said campaign spokesperson and Early Childhood Australia CEO, Samantha Page.Read more
The results of the 2018 national Early Childhood Development Census (AEDC) show that children in all states and territories are still experiencing unacceptably high levels of vulnerability.
‘More action is needed and the top priority must be for Federal and State and Territory governments to work together to ensure all Australian children get two years of preschool education and a review of the Childcare Subsidy System to ensure that every child can access a guaranteed two days of quality play-based early learning,’ said ECA CEO Samantha Page, spokesperson for the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign.
An historic alliance of early childhood experts and parents is calling on all political parties to ensure all Australian children can access at least two days per week of quality play-based early learning.
The Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign, a collaboration of early childhood peak, service, research and welfare organisations with parents and community groups has sent an Early Childhood Survey to the registered candidates of all the major parties and key independents.
The Parenthood CEO Alys Gagnon and ECA National President, KU CEO Chris Legg at KU Centennial Parklands, SydneyRead more
More than 60 federal MPs and Senators will visit early childhood education services in Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week August 5-12, a national initiative of the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign.Read more
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).
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.Read more