A new, national radio station overseen by the ABC represents a huge opportunity to shift the conversation in Australia away from “childcare” to early childhood education.
Last week I was speaking with the parent of a child who will be transitioning to a Preschool closer to home this year. This child has been attending the centre I work at, Treehouse in the Park, since she was a baby and it will be very sad to say goodbye to this family.
It’s been a busy week for new data, research and analysis of Australia’s early childhood sector.
We’ve seen the release of Report on Government Services data, and the launch of a major new Report on the case for greater investment in early childhood education.
Tomorrow, the Government will release the Report on Government Services for early childhood education and care. This Report will provide important information on the qualifications, retention rates and other factors that give us a snapshot of the early childhood educator role in Australia.
As we heave ourselves over the line into 2018, the year that will see the introduction of this new legislation, I wanted to highlight an issue I am worried is not getting anywhere near enough attention.
In international early education comparisons and rankings, Australia usually has very little to celebrate. We spend less than countries similar to us, our system is one of the most confusing in the world, and children have less access than most comparable countries.