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Australia lagging behind rest of the developed world on early-childhood education

All over the developed world, a revolution has occurred in the way childcare services are viewed: from mere child minding to vital early-childhood education. Globally, early-childhood education and care are seen as critical not just in promoting workforce participation but in creating foundations for learning, boosting the capacity of the rising generation to contribute to […]

Nanny pilot doesn’t have to be bad news for childcare workers

UNSW Australia A lot of the response to the government’s proposed A$246 million “nanny pilot” has focused on why public funding shouldn’t be used to support unqualified caregivers or educators – particularly when educators in mainstream services such as Long Day Care are underpaid. I agree 100% that educators should meet minimum qualifications – regardless […]

Word by word – February 2015

“The report calls for a simpler system. It calls for a more targeted system, particularly for middle- to lower income families, because that is where the commission has identified the area where we can have the biggest influence on that kitchen table conversation on the economics of child care and the affordability of child care. […]

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 […]

An opportunity not to be missed

The recent cabinet reshuffle provides ECEC educators and services, children and families with opportunities for holistic development and the advancement of the sector. View image | gettyimages.com I understand why so many early childhood educators are dismayed and disappointed to hear that responsibility for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has been transferred from the […]

Future-proof Australia against welfare dependency and inequality

We should all care about the findings of the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Childcare and Early Childhood Learning, recently delivered to the Federal Government, because it affects our future prosperity as a nation. This is a once in a generation opportunity to future-proof Australia against entrenched welfare dependency, inequality and lack of opportunity amongst a […]

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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