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”
The Productivity Commission has released the first part of the 2018 Report on Government Services, focused on Community Services including child protection.
The data shows that the over representation of Indigenous children in the child protection system continues to worsen.
Continue reading “New Government report reveals worsening statistics for Indigenous children”
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.
Continue reading “OPINION: The educator workforce is in for a shock in 2018”
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.
Continue reading “Book Review: The Most Important Year, Suzanne Bouffard”
The Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has announced a two-year extension of $46 million to a national child and youth mental health initiative that includes a focus on the early years.
Continue reading “Child mental health initiative given a two-year boost”