Submissions and statements

A core function of Early Childhood Australia is to develop policies on early childhood education and care and advocate  for the rights of children. This is achieved through the development of submissions and statements, including consultation with our membership, the early childhood sector and related organisations.

For more information about submissions and current inquiries, please email policy@earlychildhood.org.au.

Recent updates

Statement on the inclusion of children in early childhood education and care

This statement explains inclusion. It outlines why inclusion is important, and it sets out what is required from everyone involved in the delivery of early childhood education and care to ensure inclusion of every child.

Find out more here.

Statement on young children and digital technology

ECA is developing a Statement to guide and inform the early childhood sector, families of young children and decision-makers about using digital and interactive technology with and for young children.

Find out more here.

Screenshot_1State of Early Learning in Australia Report 2016

On behalf of the Early Learning Everyone Benefits Campaign, ECA published the State of Early Learning in Australia Report 2016 which provides a high level snapshot of quality, participation and affordability of early childhood education and care in Australia. It highlights areas of improvement by State, Territory and Commonwealth Governments and demonstrates the need to reform early learning in Australia to build Australia’s future prosperity.

Download the report here.

CRC25: Australian Child Rights Progress Report

ECA authored the Early Childhood Education and Care Chapter of the Australian Child Rights Taskforce Report on 25 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Australia. The report considers the progress for children across a number of key social policy areas including family life, education and care, justice and health, and what this has meant for children.

Download the report here.

Current inquiries

National Quality Framework Review

Reform of the Federation White Paper

Submissions

2017

August Children’s Education and Care Consultation Paper | Review of qualifications and units of competency
March Expert Advisory Panel on National Year 1 Literacy and Numeracy Check
January Response to the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee in relation to the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016
ECA Pre-Budget Submission 2017-18

2016

October Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Education Evidence Base – response to the Commission’s Draft Report

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services– response to preliminary findings report

Inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016, and the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Family Payments Structural Reform and Participation Measures) Bill 2016

May Productivity Commission Inquiry into the Education Evidence Base
February Submission to the 2016-17 Budget
January Senate Inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2015

2015

December Draft Inclusion Support Programme Guidelines
September A review of Child Protection Mandatory Reporting Laws for the Early Childhood Education and Care Sector
July Child Care Assistance Package – Regulation Impact Statement
July Nanny Pilot Programme – Draft Guidelines
July Review of Auditor-General’s Reports Nos 19, 20 and 23 (2014-15)
June Royal Commission (Victoria) into Family Violence
February Inquiry into The operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers in Australia
February 2015-16 Pre-Budget Submission
January Regulation Impact Statement for proposed options for changes to the National Quality Framework

2014

September Response to the Productivity Commission’s Draft Report on the Inquiry into Child Care and Early Childhood Learning
July Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill (No. 2) 2014
July National Quality Framework Review 2014
June Senate Inquiry into the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Child Care Measures) Bill
June National Children’s Commissioner inquiry into intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children
June Australian Human Rights Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
March Senate inquiry into the the delivery of quality and affordable early childhood education and care services and the Inquiry into the immediate future of the childcare sector in Australia
March Senate Inquiry into grandparents who take primary responsibility for raising their grandchildren
March Department of Communication public consultation on enhancing online safety for children
February Review of the Australian Curriculum
February Productivity Commission inquiry into child care and early childhood learning
January Pre-Budget Submission: priorities for the 2014-15 Federal Budget

2013

November National Commission of Audit
November Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency review of the Skilled Occupation List (SOL)
May Paid Parental Leave scheme review
March Children’s Services Draft Two Consultation: Feedback from Early Childhood Australia
February Pre-Budget Submission: Priorities for the 2013-14 Federal Budget

Position Statements

statementoninclusion29016Statement on the inclusion of every child in early childhood education and care

ECA is committed to the inclusion of every child in early childhood education and care. Inclusion means that every child has access to, participates meaningfully in, and experiences positive outcomes from early childhood education and care programs. This statement explains inclusion. It outlines why inclusion is important, and it sets out what is required from everyone involved in the delivery of early childhood education and care to ensure inclusion of every child.

Copies of the Statement are available for free to download here. Please also find the accompanying Factsheet on The experience of inclusion and exclusion in early childhood education and care available for download here.

 

Statement of Intent on Supporting Children’s Rights

Supporting young peoples rightsThe Australian Early Years Learning Framework states that ‘early childhood educators will reinforce in their daily practice the principles laid out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (2009, p.5). In 2014, Early Childhood Australia worked with our members, child rights advocates, academics and experts in the sector to develop Supporting young children’s rights: statement of intent (2015 – 2018) . The statement is designed to support teachers, educators, the community, families and children to ethically and authentically support the rights of children in early childhood; to understand and implement child rights education in early childhood education and care settings, and to advocate for children’s rights.

Order copies of the statement here.

Download the statement for free here.

ECA’s free resources on children’s rights are available here.

The inclusion of children with a disability in early childhood education and care

This joint position statement by Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) sets out our shared commitment to inclusion in early childhood education and care (ECEC). Its purpose is to create a vision for high quality inclusive practices in early childhood education and care.

Download the position statement here.

Evidence Briefs

Evidence Brief on Two Days of Subsidised Early Childhood Education and Care for all Children

This Brief outlines the evidence for providing two days of subsidised quality early learning for all children.

The full Evidence Brief can be downloaded here.

Staff to Child Ratios and Educator Qualification Requirements of the National Quality Framework

This summary has been prepared to support the staff to child ratios and educator qualification requirements contained in the Early Childhood Education and Care National Quality Framework (NQF) currently being implemented in Australia.

ECA believes there is a solid research base that suggests that these two components are critical to achieving quality education outcomes for young children. This summary is a brief review of the evidence rather than a comprehensive review because its purpose is to provide a timely response to questions being raised by a minority of service providers who have not yet embraced the NQF.

Download the full Evidence Brief here.

Commissioned Reports

Distributional Modelling of Proposed Childcare Reforms in Australia

Early Childhood Australia commissioned a report from the Australian National University (ANU) Centre for Social Research and Methods on the effect of the Government’s proposed Child Care Subsidy on children and families.

Download the report here.

Other Papers

Early childhood flexibility practices and patterns report 2014

This Early Childhood Flexibility Practices and Patterns Report highlights recommendations and future directions for early childhood education and care services and governments in providing flexible arrangements for their families and local communities. The contents of the Report are illustrated through case studies, as well as data from surveys of early childhood services.

Download the report here.

Foundations for learning: Relationships between the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum

This paper, Foundations for learning, responds to requests from early childhood educators working in the non-school and school sectors for an authoritative statement explaining how the EYLF and the Australian Curriculum are aligned.

The paper was developed as a joint project between Early Childhood Australia and the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA).

Download the paper here.

Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia: A discussion paper 

This discussion paper was developed for delegates at the European Union-Australia Policy Dialogue on 11–15 April 2011.

The aim of this discussion paper is to provide an overview of early childhood education and care (ECEC) in Australia and some commentary from Early Childhood Australia (ECA) on key issues for ECEC that arise from the Australian Government’s Reform Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care.

Download the paper here.

Expert Advisory Panel: Towards a national quality framework for early childhood education and care

The Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) was appointed by COAG to advise on a vision for an integrated and seamless system of licensing and accreditation within a national standards framework for early childhood learning and care services advise on and develop options for draft quality standards for application in ECEC settings, and advise on approaches for an A to E ratings system.

The Report led to the establishment of National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education and Care.

Download the paper here.

A national quality framework for early childhood education and care: A discussion paper

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) paper recommends an increased focus on early childhood learning and care in the Integrated Quality Standards System (IQSS) must reflect the evidence both about high quality effective early childhood services and about broader societal issues that have implications for children’s wellbeing.

Download the paper here.