All posts by Sam Page

Samantha Page is the CEO of Early Childhood Australia (ECA), the national peak advocacy organisation for children under eight, their families and professionals in the field of early childhood development and education. ECA was established in 1938 and works with Government, early childhood professionals, parents, other carers of young children, and various lobby groups to advocate to ensure quality, social justice and equity in all issues relating to the education and care of children from birth to eight years. ECA is a not-for-profit membership based organisation. It also has a successful retail and publishing arm, producing a number of very well regarded subscription based publications including the Australian Journal of Early Childhood. Samantha holds a Master’s Degree in (Community) Management from the University of Technology, Sydney and she is a Graduate of the Company Directors course offered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Her passion is for social equality and she has worked in the non-government sector for 20 years across roles encompassing service delivery, executive management, consulting, social policy analysis and advocacy. She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of social policy and sector development projects.

Leaders should not retreat from early childhood education debate

South Australia’s (SA) proposal to take over responsibility for early childhood has created a timely debate ahead of today’s Council of Australian Governments (COAG) leaders retreat. SA Premier Jay Weatherill’s proposal would create a continuum of schooling – from early childhood to year 12. The potential benefits include consolidating responsibility for the delivery of early […]

So much more than care

I was really pleased to be involved in the Insight program  which aired on Tuesday night, mainly because it is rare to have a whole TV program dedicated to early childhood education and care, but also because the discussion comes at a time that really matters for children, families and early childhood services. SBS and Jenny […]

Business benefits from investment in early childhood

It is not unexpected that in recent weeks, parts of the business sector are calling for the government to scrap the 1.5% levy that was earmarked to fund the Prime Minister’s proposed generous Paid Parental Leave scheme. When the Prime Minister announced changes to his proposed scheme, there were suggestions that the levy could instead […]

Everyone can benefit from Paid Parental Leave changes

The opposition to the Paid Parental Leave scheme has been unhelpfully vitriolic at times but the Government’s decision to redirect funds from Paid Parental Leave (PPL) into early childhood education and care is the right one. As an advocate for children, I support full wage replacement Paid Parental Leave –it would make it much easier […]

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