Greens policy meets many needs of children and families

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.

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Action needed to address early childhood vulnerablity

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.

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Calling on all parties to deliver more for children and families

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.

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The Parenthood CEO Alys Gagnon and ECA National President, KU CEO Chris Legg at KU Centennial Parklands, Sydney

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Federal politicians explore why Early Learning Matters

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.

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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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