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About ECA

Established in 1938, Early Childhood Australia (ECA) is the largest and most authoritative peak body in the early childhood sector. We represent over 2500 members nationwide, from private, community-based and local government service providers, individual educators, schools, universities and other organisations that are passionate about the wellbeing of all Australian children.

ECA prides itself on being a voice for young children. We are willing and able to speak on a broad range of issues related to the delivery of early childhood education and care (ECEC), including:

  • quality in early childhood education
  • Federal Government policy, and
  • affordability and accessibility of ECEC.

Through our vast network, we are also able to provide highly qualified experts on fields including child psychology, social and emotional wellbeing of children, early childhood education and care and much more. ECA is available to all national media outlets including print, radio and television.

Spokesperson profile

Samantha (Sam) Page is the CEO of Early Childhood Australia. She also serves on the Board of Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia (PANDA).

Samantha holds a master’s degree in management and a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She has worked in the non-government sector for 20 years across varied roles encompassing executive management, management consulting, social policy analysis, advocacy and the delivery of human services. She brings extensive experience in the development and implementation of sector-development projects funded by federal and state government agencies. She has overseen workforce development and scholarship programs, training initiatives as well as consultation and evaluation projects that involved working effectively across government and non-government partners to support effective service delivery.


Please call an ECA Media officer on 0475 554 999, or click here to email. Please note that these contact details are for journalists and media only. To receive ECA’s media releases, please contact our media team via email.

Media releases