Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) welcomes the announcement of the signing of the preschool funding agreement between Victoria and the Commonwealth.
The new four-year funding agreement, which provides up to $514 million in Commonwealth funding from 2022 to 2025, will benefit up to 330,000 Victorian children in four-year-old kindergarten. (more…)
Early Learning Association Australia (ELAA) welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement of its Next Steps in Victoria’s Kindergarten Workforce Strategy .
The strategy responds to an urgent need for action to address workforce issues, as highlighted in ELAA’s jointly authored report Investing in our future: Growing the education and care workforce. (more…)
A recent study by three leading education and care peak bodies has revealed that Australian education and care services reported over 4,500 vacancies had been advertised in the first six months of 2021. Nearly half of all job vacancies in education and care settings remained unfilled in early 2021. Poor pay and conditions, and lack of qualified applicants were key reasons for these shortages. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
“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.
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…)
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…)