ELAA’s vision for early childhood education and care in Australia is not just based on a whim! The four key areas for which we seek genuine commitment from State and Federal governments are supported by contemporary research by respected Australian academics and leading sector bodies.
1 Universal Access
Universal access to a minimum of two years of high quality play-based early learning (led by a degree qualified educator) is recognised by our politicians as essential to every child’s entitlement to a decent future.
2 Quality and Regulation
Our political leaders embrace the evidence that high quality early childhood education and care is critical to our children’s future, national educational performance, healthy communities, and economic prosperity – and that they therefore commit ongoing regulation of service standards through the national quality agenda as well as ongoing sector reform.
3 Workforce Strategy
Governments work with the sector to draft a strategy that ensures early years services are adequately staffed with early and middle childhood professionals who receive quality training, are supported in their career path, and whose skills are appropriately valued and recognised.
4 Collaborative and strategic sector planning
Governments, communities, and the early years sector work together to plan for the best programs, infrastructure, systems, and resources based on relevant research and real community need.