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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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…)