Media Releases

As the voice for parents and early learning service providers, ELAA often comments on sector issues and events. Search our media releases.



ELAA Welcomes mandatory vax announcement for Vic early childhood workers

Early Learning Association of Australia (ELAA) welcomes today’s announcement by the Victorian Chief Health Officer that vaccination against COVID-19 will be a requirement for Victoria’s Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) workforce. (more…)



ELAA urges mandatory vaccines for the Early Childhood Education and Care workforce

Early Learning Association of Australia (ELAA) is urging the Victorian Chief Health Officer to introduce mandatory vaccination of the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) workforce. (more…)



New Vic agreement a big step forward for the community early learning sector

ELAA welcomes the approval of the Victorian Early Childhood Teachers and Educators Agreement (VECTEA) 2020. This agreement brings Victorian community early childhood teachers and educators significantly closer to the wages and conditions of their primary school counterparts. (more…)



Vic Budget delivers more good news for early childhood sector

In the wake of last week’s Federal Budget, today’s Victorian State Budget brings further good news for the Early Childhood Education and Care sector. The Andrew’s Government has pledged in excess of $407 million in further investment for our sector over the next four years in the form of seven key initiatives. (more…)



21/22 Federal Budget – A four-year commitment to kindergarten funding is a great stride forward

“After years of advocacy by ELAA and other Early Childhood Education and Care peak bodies, it’s very encouraging that our collective advice to government, based on Australian and International research, appears to have been heard. Our message to government has always been that longer-term funding will give greater certainty to service providers and families,” said ELAA CEO, David Worland.




20/21 Vic Budget keeps up the pace on kindergarten reform

Yesterday’s Victorian 20/21 Budget, reflected a continued commitment to what is most certainly the biggest Government investment in the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Sector in our State’s history. Read our full media release (more…)



Vic kindergarten fee subsidy delivers welcome certainty for 2021

ELAA welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of 2021 fee subsidies for providers of funded three and four-year-old kindergarten programs (including kindergarten programs in long day care), reduced fees for unfunded three-year-old kindergarten programs, and significant start up grants for newly established Outside School Hours Care programs in government schools (more…)



Federal Budget Maintains Support on COVID but long-term vision for early learning needed

With the handing down of the Australian Government’s 20/21 Budget, Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) recognises the Government’s continued efforts to maintain targeted and commensurate levels of support to Child Care service providers and the families they serve during a period of severe economic challenge. However, key issues for our sector – such as certainty regarding continued Australian Government funding of the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education and Care – need a long term plan. (more…)



Child Care Recovery Package targets help where it’s needed

The announcement of the Child Care Recovery package by the Australian Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, on the weekend brings some welcome re-assurance for childcare providers and families, particularly those in Victoria. (more…)



Continued kinder fee relief good for children, service providers and parents

ELAA welcomes today’s announcement by the Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, and Education Minister, James Merlino of $26.7 million in additional funding for Victorian sessional kindergarten. (more…)

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