All posts by Susan Irvine

I am an early childhood professional with over 25 years experience working in early childhood education and care (ECEC), in service provision, public policy and higher education. Prior to coming to QUT in 2010, I held the position of CEO at Lady Gowrie Queensland. I maintain a research interest in ECEC policy and am currently involved in a national study identifying ways to grow a qualified and sustainable professional ECEC workforce.

How are we doing on early childhood education and care? Good, but there’s more to do

Overall, we’ve seen huge improvements, particularly for children aged three to five years. The priority now is a universal approach to quality education and care for our youngest children. A short history of early childhood reforms In 2007, the Rudd Government committed to a series of significant early childhood reforms. Responding to the landmark Starting […]

Election 2016: what will a re-elected Coalition government mean for Early Childhood Education and Care?

Labor leader Bill Shorten on Sunday conceded the 2016 election to Malcolm Turnbull, though it remains uncertain whether the Coalition will form a majority or minority government. So what’s ahead now for health, infrastructure, the economy, welfare, education and more? The Conversation’s experts respond to what the Coalition’s agenda will mean for key policy areas. […]

Childcare funding changes leave disadvantaged children with fewer hours of early education

Hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged Australian children will be worse off from next week following government changes to childcare funding which mean they will receive fewer hours of early education. While the government’s Families Package of A$3.5 billion in new investment is expected to leave most working families better off, the cuts to the hours […]

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