We are counting on our political leaders and we are counting on you

Through our Early Learning – We Are Counting On You campaign, we want to ensure our federal political leaders understand the value of quality, play-based early childhood education and care to families, communities and the nation.

We need our politicians to understand that, while Australia has made improvements in some areas of early childhood education and care policy and resourcing, there is a long way to go until we catch up with other OECD countries like New Zealand and the UK.

We are counting on …

the newly elected Andrews Government in Victoria to:

  • continue the implementation of the Early Childhood Reform Plan
  • make good on it’s commitment to begin the rollout or universal access to 15 hours per week of quality early learning for three-year-old children by 2020
  • implement its commitment to build around 785 new kindergartens and upgrade 170 existing services.
  • increase investment in assessment and rating in Victoria to enable services to be assessed at least every three years
  • lead the nation with affordable high quality services accessible to all Victorian children and  families
  • continue the implementation of the Murrung Aboriginal Education Plan 2016-2026
  • ensure that current and long-term planning of education and care is linked to community needs
  • follow through on its commitment to include the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Car in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.

For more details on what we would like the Victorian Government to commit to see our Joint Victorian State Election Submission .

The Victorian and Federal Governments to work together to:

  • negotiate a new National Partnership Agreement to guarantee ongoing funding for 15 hours of preschool in the year before school
  • extend the National Partnership Agreement to 15 hours of preschool for ALL children in three-year-old preschool programs
  • confirm a renewed commitment to funding and developing the National Quality agenda
  • improving the regulation of funded registered training organisations
  • developing and implementing a workforce strategy to ensure early childhood education and care services are adequately staffed with well-trained early and middle childhood professionals who feel  supported and whose skills are valued and recognised
  • investing in the sustainability of Early Years Management Services
  • developing a cross-government agreement to plan for and integrate education and care.

ELAA members and supporters to: 

  • get involved in ELAA’s campaign to make early childhood education and care a priority in the coming Federal election.