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.
Continue reading “Another short-term extension to preschool funding underlines Government’s lack of commitment to early education”
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.
Continue reading “EDITORIAL: Aiming to be average”
Since the Government started developing the policy that was initially known as the Jobs for Families Package, and is now marketed as the New Child Care Package, there have been those who have bravely tried to believe that at the end of the day it would be good for children.
Continue reading “OPINION: The New Child Care Package is about removing children from the discussion”