With a recent submission to a senate inquiry into “school refusals” saying that some parents have had to leave their job, or take time off to look after their kids who are missing school, our Director of Advocacy and Member Solutions, Megan O’Connell, spoke to ABC Radio National about the issue.
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Paul Cortissos, President of Thornbury Kindergarten, has been named as the winner of the 2022 anzuk Early Childhood Volunteer of the Year at the Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) Annual General meeting.
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ELAA acting CEO, Megan O’Connell, has a had a piece published in the weekly Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector journal ‘The Sector’ regarding the introduction of the Australian Government’s proposed ‘Secure Jobs, Better Pay’ bill to Parliament. Megan discusses how it is the right time for the Federal Government to be a major co-funder to a national ECEC workforce agreement and also how the VECTEA could be a model for a national agreement.
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ELAA CEO, David Worland, comments on 7 News re reports that some Melbourne parents are paying up to $50 a day more than the national average to send their children to childcare and that fees are rising faster than inflation.
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Our Director Advocacy and Member Solutions, Megan O’Connell, provided expert commentary to the 8 February edition of the SBS Radio COVID 19 update. (more…)
ELAA Director of Advocacy and Member Solutions chats live with Channel 9 News about free RAT test for Vic 3 & 5 y.o children
Our Director Advocacy and Member Solutions, Megan O’Connell, gave some great advice to services and parents re RAT testing for 3 to 5-year-olds on the Channel 9 news this afternoon https://bit.ly/3B99qAn
ELAA CEO speaks to The Guardian Australia about the challenges to the education and care sector posed by Omicron
Recent advocacy by ELAA, CCC and CELA focused on gaining more support from Federal and State governments for the education and care sector to deal with high COVID-19 infection rates, resulting staff shortages, reduced attendance, testing and managing positive cases has received coverage from The Guardian. (more…)
ELAA CEO, David Worland, comments in the AGE today following the announcement by Victorian Education Minister, James Merlino, that the fee subsidy payment of $485 per child introduced during term two to assist parents and services during the initial outbreak of COVID-19 will continue into term 3 but at a reduced rate of $230 per child. Additional payments for service cleaning costs are also being extended into the next term.
Should childcare in Victoria be free? Join ELAA CEO, David Worland, along with early childhood education academics and sector representatives, and the hosts of ABC Radio Melbourne’s Conversation Hour for a discussion about whether or not childcare should be universally free to parents. (more…)
ELAA CEO interviewed on ABC Radio’s ‘P.M.’ program regarding the rollback the COVID-19 Child Care Relief Package
On Monday, 8 June, the Federal Education Minister, Dan Tehan, announced that the Federal Government would be transitioning from the COVID-19 Child Care Relief package which essentially provided free childcare to families back to the Pre-COVID-19 Child Care Subsidy system (with some relaxation of the CCS Activity Test for a limited 12 week period during the transition phase). (more…)