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.

The Research

‘Lifting Our Game’: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools Through Early Childhood Interventions.

Preschool – Two Years are Better Than One

The Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education project (EPPSE)

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.

The Research

Quality Early Education for All – Fostering creative, entrepreneurial, resilient and capable learners.

The E4Kids study: Assessing the effectiveness of Australian early education and care programs

 Putting a value on early childhood education and care in Australia

The role of pre-school quality in promoting resilience in the cognitive development of young children

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.

The Research

Money, Love and Identity: Initial Findings from the National ECEC Workforce Study 

‘Lifting Our Game’: Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools Through Early Childhood Interventions.

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.

The Research

State of Early Learning in Australia 2017

Effectively Planning for Population Growth August 2017