Media Releases

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

Jan

30

Three things we can do to make early childhood education and care fairer

In our 2023-24 pre-Budget Submission we have appealed to the Australian Government to make access to Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) fairer by doing three things.

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Dec

02

Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill will make early childhood sector stronger

“The passing of the Bill marks another step forward for early childhood educators toward pay and conditions that reflect their skills, professionalism and the fact that they are such critical influences on the futures of Australian children,” said ELAA Director Advocacy and Member solutions, Megan O’Connell.

CLICK HERE READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE

For an interview contact James Gardener on 0413 483 182 or jgardener@elaa.org.au

Dec

02

Volunteers still the backbone of early learning services

The 2022 winner of the anzuk Early Childhood Volunteer of the Year Award, Paul Cortissos, is one of thousands of volunteers who give significant amounts of time to ensuring community-run Early Childhood Education and Care services deliver high quality learning and care to our children. Their roles can involve everything from HR Manager, accountant, marketer, fundraiser, IT Manager and communications to maintenance, gardener and general voice of calm and assurance.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE

For an interview contact James Gardener on 0413 483 182 or jgardener@elaa.org.au

Nov

27

ELAA congratulates the incoming Andrews government in Victoria

With the result of the 2022 Victorian election now clear, Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) would like to congratulate the Australian Labor Party on forming a government.

“We are especially committed to representing our members to the new government on key matters such as ensuring our sector has the skilled and rewarded workforce required to deliver on key ECEC reforms such as free kindergarten, cheaper childcare, and the roll out of 30 hours of Pre-Prep in Victoria over the next decade,” said ELAA Acting CEO, Megan O’Connell.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE

For an interview contact James Gardener on 03 94893500 (Option 7) or call 0413 483 182

Oct

27

Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill is a welcome start

Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) warmly welcomes the introduction of the Fair Work Legislation Amendment (Secure Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 2022. The legislation, introduced today, provides a range of flexibilities to improve the capacity of employers and employees to strike enterprise agreements

“We’re pleased that the government is making it easier for employers to raise pay and conditions of for their workforce,” said ELAA Acting CEO, Megan O’Connell.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE

For an interview contact James Gardener on 03 94893500 (Option 7)

Oct

25

Budget delivers for families, but more needed on early years workforce

The ALP’s first Federal Budget in almost ten years reflects the need to support working parents but it falls short of resourcing a key driver of workforce participation – supporting educators to deliver affordable, high quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).

“However, we are concerned, in the absence of significant investment in the ECEC workforce including initiatives to retain current staff, early childhood services will not be able to expand to provide the additional early childhood education and care,” said Early Learning Association Australia’s (ELAA) Acting CEO, Megan O’Connell.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE ATTACHED.

For an interview contact James Gardener on 03 94893500 (Option 7)

Jun

16

‘Great transformation’ of early education will touch all Victorians

This morning’s announcement by the Andrew’s Government of $9 billion expansion of early education  will change the lives of thousands of children and their families each year.

“ELAA agrees with the government when it says this represents ‘the greatest transformation of early education in a generation’,” said ELAA CEO, David Worland.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL MEDIA RELEASE ATTACHED.

For an interview contact James Gardener on 03 94893500 (Option 7)

Mar

31

Federal Budget a missed opportunity to ease cost of living through accessible children’s education and care

Tuesday night’s Federal Budget provided little new support to the education and care sector. (more…)

Mar

22

Federal Election Six Point Plan for Education & Care

  • Helping children get a great start
  • Delivering access to high quality services for families
  • Paying educators fairly

Ahead of the 2022 Australian Federal Election, Community Child Care Association, Community Early Learning Australia and Early Learning Association Australia have prepared this joint plan to outline our shared vision for delivering real solutions and results. This is on behalf of our members in long day care, kindergartens, preschools, family day care, occasional care and outside school hours care. (more…)

Feb

08

Free RATs for Vic kinder kids make sense

The announcement today by Victorian Premier, Daniel Andrews, of free at home, Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to be available to all children aged three to five attending Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services makes a lot of sense.  (more…)

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