Media Releases

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

Aug

27

Richard Marles MP finds out why Early Learning Matters at Bond St Kindergarten

Bond Street Kindergarten in Newtown welcomes the Member for Corio and Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Richard Marles MP, to visit on Tuesday, 5 September at 9.30am as part of Early Learning Matters Week, a national initiative of the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign. (more…)

May

28

Vic Budget delivers on early learning election promises

The 2019/20 Victorian State Budget brings few surprises for Victoria’s early childhood education and care sector with the Government  honouring its key election commitments with around $1 billion in investment. However, the Budget does not appear to directly address a number of pressing issues for the Victorian Early Childhood sector.

Read more about the Vic Budget in our media release

Apr

29

Labor commitments mean a better deal for families and early childhood educators

Two crucial policy announcements by Labor over the weekend – on educator wages and reform of the Child Care Subsidy – go a long way to addressing a number of key reforms that Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA); the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign; and other early years peak bodies have been seeking for some time. (more…)

Apr

03

Another Federal Budget ‘Groundhog Day’ for Early Childhood Education and Care

With the release of the 2019/20 Federal Budget, Early Childhood Education and Care service providers, teachers, and parents could be forgiven for thinking they are stuck in the same revolving alternate reality occupied by the Bill Murray character ‘Phil Connors’ in the 1993 film Groundhog Day.

Read more in the media release

Nov

21

Labor promise on free TAFE courses and Uni scholarships makes sense

Victorian Labor’s pre-election promise to add the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to the list of Free TAFE courses makes sense. And two years of high quality early learning also needs more degree qualified early years teachers so ELAA also welcomes Labor’s additional pledge to provide 8000 scholarships for people studying to become degree qualified teachers.

Read more in the media release

Oct

10

Rescheduled Vic Policy Debate – Debating the key questions on early and middle childhood education

In the lead up to the Victorian election on November 24, Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA), Community Child Care Association (CCC) and Early Childhood Australia (Victoria Branch) have invited the ALP, Liberal and Greens spokespeople on early and middle childhood education and care to present their case for delivering the early years services and support that Victorian families, service providers, and educators need.

Download the media release to find out more

 

Oct

04

ALP early years funding announcements are a big win for service providers and families

Early Learning Association Australia welcomes today’s policy announcement from Federal ALP leader, Bill Shorten, on extending access to 15 hours of subsidised early learning to three-year-old preschool children and ensuring that the Commonwealth portion of the funding will be ongoing – for children in both four and three-year-old funded kindergarten programs.

We also welcome the announcement by Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, that a re-elected Victorian Labor Government will commit almost $5 billion over the next decade to ensure all three-year-old children in Victoria can attend up to 15 hours a week of 3-year-old kindergarten …

Find out more in the media release

Aug

27

Where to from here for Early and Middle Childhood Education and Care in Victoria?

In the lead up to the Victorian Election on November 24, Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA), Community Child Care Association (CCC) and Early Childhood Australia (Victoria Branch) have invited the ALP, Liberal and Greens spokespeople on early childhood education and care to present their case for delivering the early years services and support that Victorian families, service providers, and educators need.

Download the media release here

May

23

Early Years Experts Look for Answers in ’Connectedness’

The largest and longest running conference for early childhood and care professionals in Victoria kicks off this Friday.

“This year’s Conference theme is Our Children Our Communities and we want to provoke thinking and discussion about the importance of connecting educators, policy makers, specialist service providers, families, carers and communities when striving for the best learning outcomes for children,” said Early Learning Association Australia CEO, David Worland  (more…)

May

02

Vic Budget ticks some boxes but not all

The Andrews Government 2018/19 Budget has ticked three out of five of ELAA’s  ‘priority boxes’ for early childhood education and care but has overlooked other priorities that ELAA identified for our sector…

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