Category: Analysis

Another short-term extension to preschool funding underlines Government’s lack of commitment to early education

It’s hard to tell which part of Simon Birmingham’s announcement that Federal Government funding for Australia-wide preschool causes the biggest eye-roll.

The two clear frontrunners are: 1) That the Education Minister is seriously using the word “commitment” to describe the fifth short-term shot of funding his Government has announced since they took office; and 2) That the Education Minister seriously expects us to believe the Government values the research and evidence on the importance of early education.

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Should NQF services be looking to #ChangeTheDate?

The movement to change the annual date of Australia Day has grown steadily, now often highlighted with the hashtag #ChangeTheDate. The date, January 26, represents the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. For many, including many Indigenous Australians, this date represents the beginning of a colonial invasion that decimated communities and a culture that had endured on this continent for tens of thousands of years.

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Seven years in, the NQF doesn’t seem to be improving family attitudes to early education

ACECQA’s National Partnership Annual Performance Report has revealed that families view a service’s National Quality Standard rating as the least important factor when choosing a service to enrol their child in.

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The new Action Register highlights Minister’s focus on fees and fraud, not education

Framework analysis of Education Minister Simon Birmingham’s media releases and statements has revealed an overwhelming focus on affordability of services and examples of fraud instead of high-quality education.

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